Wood Badge Dining In
The Call of the Kudu Horn for 100 years
Every year across our country, scout leaders hear the unique sound of the “Kudu horn”. To the scout leaders that are Wood Badge trained, the sound will brings back fond memories of the special training they received at Gilwell Park, and the lasting friendships and bonds they formed with other wood badgers. To new scout leaders who are starting their long journey of becoming a wood badger, the first thing they hear is the sound of the Kudu horn calling them to assemble into their new patrols. From then on, it’s a busy schedule of learning leadership skills and how to build character in the youths and adult leaders in their scouting unit, district, or council. While having fun learning new things the learners will be looking for spare time to develop and write their ticket. Once the learners have completed their learning they are treated to a grand feast to celebrate. After the feast they will attend a camp fire with plenty of skits, songs and storytelling.
This is the 100th anniversary of Lord Baden Powell first Wood Badge course held from September 8th to September 19th, in 1919, at the newly acquired Gilwell Park. The first wood badgers were put in patrols and heard the first call of the Kudu horn. Each patrols did their own cooking and all expenses where shared equally by the patrol members. The first grand feast was not prepared by the participants, but was held in London at the Scout’s Club. Lord Baden Powell gave a talk after dinner and presented one bead on a leather thong, to be worn on the first wood badgers shirt.
Once again the Kudu horn is calling all of the wood badge critters to come together for the grand feast, songs, and renewing old friendships. So whether you’re a learner, a wood badger or the spouse of a wood badger you are invited to attend our “Wood badge Dining In”, on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Masso’s in Glassboro, NJ. Did I mention, this is the year of the Bear and we will be honoring them with a special patch. We will also have available for sale a patch honoring the 100th anniversary of the first Wood Badge course at Gilwell Park.
Thank you for what you do in Scouting.
Carl Peterson (NE IV 47)
Wood badge Dining In