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Wood Badge Course History

Below is a listing of KNOWN Wood Badge Courses that relate to our Council, either by location or Course Director. This list is incomplete. Any help in filling in the blanks, or identifying other courses and Course Directors would be very welcome. 

 

Also included is a listing of NYLT Courses where the Scoutmaster was recognized with the fourth bead of a Wood Badge Scoutmaster.

 

Course Director

Course #

Year

Location

Andrea Ulery N2 - 72 - 18 2018 Deer Lake/Hoyt SR
Dave Shuford N2 - 72 - 17 2017 Camp Sequassen
Ray Pflomm N2 - 72 - 16 2016 Camp Pomperaug
Jeff Guzauckas N2 - 72 - 16 - 1Y 2016
Deer Lake Scout Res.
Ray Spagnuolo
N2 - 72 - 15 2015 Camp Pomp./Deer Lake
Caroline Griffin N2 - 72 - 14 - 1Y 2014
Deer Lake Scout Res.
Doug Heim N2 - 72 - 14 2014 Camp Sequassen
Caroline Griffin N2 - 72 - 13 2013 Camp Pomperaug
Wade Anderson N2 - 72 - 13 - 1Y 2013
Deer Lake Scout Res.
John Neary N2 - 72 - 12 2012 Deer Lake Scout Res.
Dave Elkodsi N2 - 72 - 11 - 1Y 2011
Deer Lake Scout Res.
Jay Lubin N2 - 72 - 11 2011 Deer Lake Scout Res.
Roger Poggio NE - II - 191 2010 Camp Sequassen
Ray Moncevicius NE - II - 188 2009 Camp Sequassen
Mike Abrahamson NE-II-72-09-NYLT1 2009
Deer Lake Scout Res.
Bill Fromm NE - II - 184 2008 Camp Sequassen
Eric Larson NE - II - 173 2007 Camp Sequassen
Mark Clark NE - II - 163 2006 Camp Sequassen
Bruce Harvey NE - II - 143 2005 Camp Sequassen
Charlie Blanchette NE - II - 134 2003 Camp Sequassen
Mary Saracino NE - II - 127 2002 Camp Sequassen
Jay Huggins NE - II - 111 2001 Camp Sequassen
Doug Machin NE - III - 145 1999
Camp Sequassen
Gary Dingus NE - II - 90 1997 Camp Seton
John Farley NE - II - 84 1996 Camp Sequassen
Vin Nolan NE - CS - 48 1994 Camp Workcoeman
Nick Cianciola NE - I - 167 1993 Deer Lake Scout Res.
Dick Odell NE - III - 111 1991 Camp Pomperaug
Peter Newcomb NE - I - 147 1990 Deer Lake Scout Res.
Betty Hilker
NE - CS - 32 1990 Heritage Scout Res.
Claire Dibble NE - CS - 22 1988 Heritage Scout Res.
Don Rowland NE - I - 129 1987
Deer Lake Scout Res.

Dick Odell

NE - I - 128

1987

Camp Pomperaug

Mort Johnson

NE - I - 101

1983

Deer Lake Scout Res.

Dr. Al Adler, PhD

NE - I - 87

1981

Deer Lake Scout Res.

David J. Griffiths

NE - I - 77

1980

Camp Pomperaug

C. Robert Small

NE - I - 71

1979

Chesterfield Scout Res.

Tom Dolan

NE - I - 70

1979

Deer Lake Scout Res.

Tim Daley

NE - I - 62

1978

Camp Pomperaug

Dag Pfeiffer

NE - I - 56

1977

Camp Sequassen

Dag Pfeiffer NE - III - 19 1976

Camp Sequassen

Leo Lemoine

NE - I - 23

1975

Camp Mauwehu

Al Halliwell

NE - I - 4

1973

Camp Sequassen

Carl A. J?

310

1967

Camp Sequassen

D. A. Barnett

287

1966

Camp Sequassen

    # Note: Course Number Ending with "Y" Denotes NYLT Course   

Last Updated October 31, 2017

 

A History of Wood Badge in the United States

Wood Badge has a long and storied history since the first course was held at Gilwell Park in July 1919. Yet, it took Wood Badge Ax and Loguntil 1936 for Wood Badge to first come to the United States. A Rover Scout Wood Badge course was held at Schiff Scout Reservation May 12-20, 1936, followed by a Scout Wood Badge Course between May 24-June 3, 1936. Both courses were run by the Camp Chief of Gilwell Park, John Skinner Wilson. William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, assistant director of Boys' Life magazine attended the Rover Scout course and served as the Senior Patrol Leader ("dog's-body" in British terms) for the Boy Scout Wood Badge course. While these two experimental courses were a success, World War II intervened, and Wood Badge did not return to the US until 1948, after the retirement of the first Chief Scout Executive, James E. West.

 

Courses were originally designed to run at Schiff Scout Reservation and Philmont. Under this US version of Wood Badge, the Patrol Method was heavily stressed. The patrol names picked were birds and animals (Critters) found in every state in the Union: Eagle, Bob White, Fox, and Beaver. The first American Wood Badge course was July 31-August 8, 1948. The course assembled 29 men plus staff from 12 states (Connecticut was not one of the states represented). The Scoutmaster was "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt. The second course was held at Philmont, October 2-10, 1948. "Green Bar Bill" was once again Scoutmaster, with 35 participants.

 

Between 1948 and 1958, nearly 5,000 men had taken a Wood Badge course. Early courses were conducted exclusively by the National Volunteer Training  Service; the first course conducted by a local council was in 1953 in Cincinnati. Week long courses were the rule until 1974, when weekend courses were authorized. Wood Badge was an exclusive male domain until 1976, when women scouters were welcomed into Wood Badge.

 

Explorer Wood Badge was first held in 1951; Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge was first held in 1976. Over the years, there were Walking Wood Badge courses, Rafting Wood Badge courses, and Canoe Wood Badge courses.

 

Through 1958, no Wood Badge courses had been held in Connecticut, according to the BSA National Council ^. Chief Bogan ^^ made no mention of Wood Badge in his comprehensive book so we assume no Wood Badge courses were held by Quinnipiac Council through 1963. However, the Chief did indicate that in 1952, Mountain Man Training began, stating that Mountain Man was "...patterned after the British Wood Badge training..." The course director appeared to be Assistant Scout Executive Hermon F. Newcomb. Apparently the Mountain Man program continued annually thereafter.

 

^ General Source: A History of Wood Badge in the United States (Links below)

     BSA Publication 3164, 1990 Printing

 

^^ No Larger Fields: The History of a Boy Scout Council 1910-1963

     by Samual D. Bogan, © 1966, Quinnipiac Council BSA

 

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