Wood Badge Wednesdays, Vol. 5: Leading to Make a Difference

It’s amazing how quickly a whisper turns into a roar.

Take Wood Badge tickets, for example. Each one leaves a lasting legacy, but 50, 500, or even 5,000? That kind of impact reverberates across the Scouting universe for generations.

At my Wood Badge course in August, 50 Scouters each crafted five tickets. That’s 250 boosts to Scouting in North Texas from our course alone.

Some of you might be wondering: What is a Wood Badge ticket? Well, after the six-day course ends, participants aren’t done. To earn those iconic beads, a Wood Badger must complete five projects, called tickets. The tickets allow Scouters to give back to the program and to “realize their personal vision of their role in Scouting.”

That focus on Leaving a Legacy is a huge part of the spirit of Wood Badge. And it’s the subject of today’s fifth and final Wood Badge Wednesdays post.

Leaving a Legacy

Chances are anyone who’s heard of Wood Badge knows about the Wood Badge ticket. It’s the most outward-facing element of the course, and — if you ask me — the most important.

Think of tickets as the Eagle Scout projects of the Wood Badge world. Once an Eagle Scout has moved on (gone to college, moved to an adult volunteer role, etc.), his Eagle project lives on.

Similarly, Wood Badgers get five opportunities to dramatically improve Scouting — and themselves.

But to fully understand the profound impact Wood Badge tickets have on the nationwide Scouting movement, we need to do the math.

Each year, 300 Wood Badge courses take place across the country, with an average of 36 participants per course.

That’s 10,800 Wood Badgers. Now, 80 percent of those Scouters will complete their tickets, giving us 8,640 Wood Badge graduates per year.

Multiply that number by five tickets per person, and you get an incredible 43,200 completed tickets each year.

Wow! That’s 43,200 tangible improvements to Scouting. It’s 43,200 significant steps toward helping packs, troops, teams, and crews run smoother and have more fun. That’s a 43,200-piece orchestra, and each instrument’s played by the Scouting equivalent of Yo-Yo Ma.

In short: Wood Badge is an opus that would make Mr. Holland proud.

Why a ‘Ticket’?

Why are these personal goals called tickets? Here’s how the Wood Badge staff explained it:

In Baden-Powell’s day, those in the military were expected to pay their own way back to England at the end of their service. If a soldier was stationed on a remote Pacific island, that could be quite an expensive trip home.

So in the interest of thriftiness, soldiers nearing completion of their duties would seek assignments closer and closer to England. Once their service was officially over, those who did this had short, cheap trips home to their family.

This process is called “working your ticket,” and those words play a big, fun part in the Wood Badge course. That’s all I’ll say…

My Wood Badge Tickets

Each Scouter’s ticket items are personal, and there’s no requirement that they be shared with anyone other than the course’s troop guide (the staffer who guides each Wood Badger).

But I’d like to share my five with you, including the rationale behind each.

  1. Wood Badge Wednesdays: Incorporating one’s professional skills is encouraged, and that was my thinking behind including this blog series as a ticket item. I had two goals in mind with these five posts: First, I wanted to summarize my most memorable Wood Badge lessons and rekindle the fire within myself and others who have completed Wood Badge. Second, I wanted to encourage others who haven’t taken the course to consider signing up — without giving away any of the surprises that make the course so special.
  2. Journalism Merit Badge: I have a degree in Journalism, but I never actually earned this merit badge as a Scout. I’m looking forward to making up for that mistake at my troop’s winter camp in February when I teach Journalism merit badge to a group of Scouts. I’ve never taught a merit badge, but I’m excited at the prospect of sharing what I know to the next generation of reporters, editors, or consumers of news.
  3. Blogging and Social Media Course: Please, call me “Professor Bryan.” But seriously, I’m going to co-teach a course at Circle Ten Council’s University of Scouting in January, giving me a chance to share what I’ve learned when creating Bryan on Scouting and helping run Scouting magazine’s Facebook and Twitter channels. I’m expecting an engaging discussion where the participants teach me as much as I teach them.
  4. Writing Conference: One of the five tickets can involve personal growth, and so I’m attending a writing conference next year. My thinking is that by improving my skills in writing and editing, I can make Scouting magazine and Bryan on Scouting even better tools for volunteers.
  5. Troop Web Site Redesign: Like most Scout units, my old troop’s Web site could use a little work. A great Web site is well-designed, easy to navigate, and has the information parents and Scouts need. Ours has the information but needs some help on design and navigation. That’s where I come in. I can’t do the backend, technical “stuff,” but I’ll prepare a written report of ways in which the Web site can be improved, including a sample design.

What’s Your Legacy?

If you’ve completed your tickets, I’d love to hear about them. Please use the comments section below to describe your favorite ticket or recount some of your best memories from completing them.

About Wood Badge Wednesdays

This is Part 5 of a five-part series called Wood Badge Wednesdays. Here’s the schedule for the entire series; each week I explored one of the five central themes of Wood Badge for the 21st Century:

  1. Living the Values (Sept. 12)
  2. Bringing the Vision to Life (Sept. 19)
  3. Models for Success (Sept. 26)
  4. Tools of the Trade (Oct. 17)
  5. Leading to Make a Difference (this post)

It’s Your Move

Ready to take Wood Badge for yourself? Start by contacting your local council to learn how.

You’ll either take a weeklong course, like I did, or a course that spans two weekends (some consecutive, some not). Either way, you’re in for the time of your life!

Anyone from any council also has the opportunity to sign up for Circle Ten Council’s Wood Badge course at Philmont. The next course is held in August 2013 at Scouting’s paradise in New Mexico. Here’s the course link!

32 thoughts on “Wood Badge Wednesdays, Vol. 5: Leading to Make a Difference

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  5. Hi Bryan- You obviously know a lot about scouting and have done it for many years. I’m curious to know if at this point in your scouting career, did you find any value in the course material of Woodbadge? Or was the value of attending Woodbadge the opportunity to meet and spend time with the other scouters? Thanks in advance for your response.

    • DB,

      Great question! Let me start by saying that I’ve been in Scouting since Tiger Cubs, but I still have a lot to learn. As I mentioned in Vol. 2, I realized at the course how little I actually know about Scouting.

      But you’re right that the course is worthless without the people involved. Great participants and a great staff made it the experience of a lifetime for me. Simply reading the course syllabus would’ve been pointless. The value of the people is another point I’ve tried to make in these posts. The kind of person who willingly gives up six nights away from his/her family (and pays to do so!) is already top-quality. This weeding-out process kinda happens automatically, I think.

      Hope that answers your question. Thanks!


    • Hi DB,

      The material taught in Wood Badge is NOT what is generally taught to either Scouts or Scouters, although that is changing. My son took the “old” NYLT course and then came back as a youth staff member of the new course in 2005. When he took Wood Badge last year he observed he had heard most of it before at NYLT! Just imagine how much better a Wood Badge trained Scoutmaster and an NYLT-trained senior patrol leader could communicate.

      But back to the Wood Badge curriculum – it’s pure leadership training, and brings in modern concepts of leadership used in business and in the military. You’ll find that what you learn on the course will be useful in ANY endeavor you are involved with: Scouting, your house of worship, community groups and yes, even your work environment.

      It’s also about the people, and Bryan is right that you’ll meet some great Scouters, both staff and other participants, and you’ll have the chance to work with them afterwards as you keep involved in the Scouting program. When you need to form a team of Scouters to accomplish anything, you’ll find you’ll call your Wood Badge friends first, because you know you’ll be successful working with them, and have a lot of fun while doing the work.

      Mike Colinch – a “good-ol-fox” too, and a 3 time staffer

  6. And after you are done with the Wood Badge course, you can take Philmont Leadership Challenge and put it all into practice. The Philmont Leadership Challenge brings Wood Badge skills to life in a majestic Philmont setting. The Philmont Leadership Challenge takes adult leadership to an exciting new level through experiential learning. The Philmont Leadership Challenge simultaneously immerses you and your team in challenging scenarios that require the application of Wood Badge leadership skills for success.

    Learn to inspire, motivate and help others succeed.


  7. I’ve enjoyed reading these posts, Bryan … Like you, I’m working on my ticket right now, as well. And also like you, I was floored by how little I knew about the present-day Scouting programs. (Evidently, the programs kept growing and changing since I was last involved in the ’80s. Go figure.) Regardless of what my training will do for the boys I’ll work with in the future, I know it’s done a LOT for me personally.

  8. Hey Bryan, good stuff. I’m in the middle of my ticket as I write this. At our course, they made it clear that there was only one ticket and then 5 items on the ticket. You seem to call each item a ticket. Is there a correct way of phrasing it?

  9. Bryan,
    First, congratulations on completing the didactic portion of the course. It looks like you’ve got your ticket well in order for completion and should have your beads shortly. You make some great comments and observations about what the course has taught you, and about how much you actually didn’t know (a big revelation for most participants). What I would recommend is that once you get your beads, get hooked up with your training team and help staff a course.

    I’ve staffed three courses now and will probably be the Scoutmaster before too long. Each time on staff I’ve learned new things. Whether it’s something that I missed as a participant, or something that I really had to research because I was teaching it, or something that I picked up because of my role (TG, QM, SPL), I’ve found that I have learned MUCH more than when I was the participant. Take what you’ve learned, expand on it, and share it with everyone who’s willing to listen…leave your own legacy!

  10. Bryan,

    I have really enjoyed your take on the course. I am a past course director and in my opinion, you “GOT IT”. This was as good an encapsulated overview as I’ve seen.
    I love your ticket items. Perfect for your skills and so forward looking. Thanks for bringing our beloved Wood Badge to the masses.

    When you want to get into the nuts and bolts on your Troop’s website, give me a yell. I’ve got some skills and suggestions on how to accomplish your goal.

  11. I agree with C.J. — If you have the honor of being asked to staff a Wood Badge course, then make it happen! I am still in “recovery” mode from just staffing Wood Badge as a Troop Guide for the second time in 12 months. (Yes, that means I am still counseling one patrol and just picked up a new one!) Staffing is the most exhausting, FUN work you can ever have. I learn something new every time, make more new Scouting friends and family, and it re-energizes my passion for the program. My son was able to come out on day 4 as one of the Venturers, and in return I was asked to be on staff at the NYLT course for 2013 he is ACL of — my first time for NYLT staff!

    One responder mentioned the value of having a SM and SPL talking the same language. It is also amazing to talk the lingo with your own child! I wish our SM had taken the 21st century Wood Badge, because he doesn’t talk on the same page as the boys who have taken NYLT. (He took the “old” Wood Badge.) Providing ILST in your Troop provides the basic concepts that NYLT and Wood Badge teach, and is a great place to start introducing your Scouts to the notions!

    Back to Gilwell…
    One Tired Old Buffalo…..

  12. A timely post, as I have just completed my ticket. (C3-651-11-1, I used to be an OWL…)
    My ticket items: 1) Complete a Cubmaster “How To” booklet for the new incoming Cubmaster, explaining what to do when in terms of the pack calendar, and who to contact. 2) Recruit 2 non-den-leader adult positions into the Pack Committee. 3) Recruit a Pack Training Coordinator (reviews adult training records, prompts adult committee to keep up-to-date, keeps abreast of national and local training requirements.) 4) Get 60%+ of the Pack Committee trained in CPR & AED usage. 5) Host 2 presentations on living a reverent life, from presenters who are not Catholic (as 90%+ of my pack is, being chartered to a Roman-Catholic parish.)
    Having completed my MBA in 2006, I was surprised to learn how much leadership training is included in a relatively inexpensive Boy Scout course. I have paid far more for far less value. The BEST thing about Wood Badge is the people. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Having been a Boy Scout while a youth (Arrow of Light, Eagle Scout, Brownsea, Philmont, Charles Sommers, NOAC, etc.) I thought I knew a lot about Scouting. As it turns out, Scouting IS changing to adapt with the times. You must experience Wood Badge for the 21st Century or NYLT to see these changes. These students are tomorrow’s champions of the Scouting program. I get emotional when I think back to my Wood Badge course (6 days of intense classroom and field training, and months of planning and execution for those ticket items.) The reason why is simple: it means that much to me. Scouting should mean that much to all of us. Make your Wood Badge course a mountaintop experience (brave the climb, achieve the summit, seek new horizons.)

  13. Well, hello there! I was a member of NE-CS-40…Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge in 1992. My tickets were written around running training courses, increasing the visibility of training opportunities, running a Pow-Wow, and Train the Trainer. I did 18 tickets! 6 specific classes had to have 3 tickets each. None to be started less than 6 months after the course, but all to be completed with in 2 yrs. I thought I was done with Wood Badge.
    Fast forward to 2001…I served on NE-I-208. The first weekend ended 9/10. Imagine leaving the joy of the first weekend, and waking up to 9/11. Yuck. We regrouped, and ended up having a great time the 2nd weekend. NE-i-209 had me serving in my home council as ASM-TG. In the fall of 2004, I had the honor of being the Scoutmaster of NE-I-234…the course brought to you by the number 12, and the letters B-P. I had a BLAST each time. Each for different reasons. I made friends I can never forget, I got re-invigorated each time. I can’t tell you the number of times I have used the training from Wood Badge. I;ve Talked about change, and how to be part of it, how to look down the road to see how actions today impact the future, how to listen with your heart and not just your ears…and sometimes not in my Scouting life!
    And I have never completed the ticket my Course Director charged me with back in 1992 “Make Scouting a better place every day because you are part of the organization”. So while I have beads, I work that ticket every day. He clearly could see the legacy long before it became a formal part of Wood Badge. Back to Gilwell, happy land….I’m working my ticket! I used to be an Owl!

    • And a good old Owl too. Marian was a great staff member and great course director. I had the privilege of being director of NE-I-208 where she first served on staff.
      While one can undoubtedly one can pick up the skills taught at Wood Badge elsewhere, Wood Badge integrates it very well and reinforces another key Scouting principle. Everything we do should be fun. Learning should be fun, cooking should be fun, camping should be fun, teaching should be fun. A key part of Wood Badge is learning how to accomplish an objective and make it fun while doing it so that our Scouts will want to do it.
      The best part of Wood Badge is the staff and participants. The things that one learns and networks that one establishes can be life long.

  14. As a fellow WBer – I have loved your WB Wednesday blog! It has been informative and has brought me back to the real reasons I took WB – the scouts! Thanks so much for helping us all to remember to leave a positive legacy! It’s scouters like you that hep the rest of us along!
    I used to be a Beaver…

  15. Thanks for sharing all this Bryan. I can tell that you really got everything the course was trying to teach you. Working your ticket (singular, with 5 ticket items) is going to add to your knowledge and feeling of investment into Scouting. I went through the course last fall and just staffed a course this fall, and I can tell you that my life was literally changed forever by both experiences. Reading your numbers on how all the WBer’s and our tickets really effect Scouting kinda blew my mind though. Wow, what an impact this one training program has on the program in general!

    Thanks for getting the word out there. You have been able to articulate the heart and soul of the course better than I ever could have. I’ve been sharing your blog with others in hopes of encouraging more leaders to attend the course.

  16. While the idea that the origin of the phrase “working your ticket” comes from the Victorian-era British Army retirement system is quaint, I’m starting to believe it to be more “Scouting legend” than truth. A Google search of the terms “work my ticket”, “working your ticket” and the like in regards to the British Army most often refer to the phrase as a colloquial term for pretending to have a physical or mental impairment in order to get discharged. This usage seems to be corroborated by the lyrics of the folk song “Come and Join the British Army” where the subject throws himself into a lake pretending to be insane to “work his ticket” and return to his true love. At the Word Detective website (http://www.word-detective.com/2008/02/work-my-ticket/), the author notes the meaning of “work my ticket” implies seeking a fraudulent discharge, and provides a couple examples from period literature supporting such a usage. A few modern British army related-message board posts even include the term, again when discussing ways to get out of an enlistment. Lastly, a web monograph on dependents of British soldiers in the 18th & 19th centuries titled “On the Strength: Wives and Children of the British Army” (http://www.royalengineers.ca/femnkid.html) points out that if an accompanied soldier died while overseas, their “widows were not abandoned or forced to remarry; instead, they were provided with some financial or material compensation, and given passage home.” It stands to reason to infer that if the British army would pay for the passage of a dead soldier’s wife and children back to Britain, they would certainly pay the transportation costs of a separating soldier returning home.

    There seem to be no references of British soldiers posted overseas having to “work their ticket” to get home outside of Scouting-related websites. So, in light of examples showing an alternate meaning, and a lack of references supporting the Scouting-based meaning, I’m led to believe that the term “working your ticket” as used by the BSA Wood Badge course is more fanciful than factual in origin.

    • Respectfully I must disagree.
      The military has two very distinct sides to it. The officers and the enlisted. The experience for the two sides is vastly different. I served in the USMC as an enlisted man and we used the term ticket to describe many ways out of whatever predicament we found ourselves. A wound, promotion, or volunteering for temporary assigned duty were all tickets out of here. Specific to the point working a ticket for a officer to a more desirable duty station involves fraud, cajoling, and various forms of kissing up to superiors.
      I have seen first hand people work harder to pull off a scam in the military to get out of something that was far less work to begin with.
      To your point about “accompanied soldier”. The term accompanied has a very specific meaning in the military. In general a soldier may not take a wife or children with them to a duty station. Note: You can not get married without getting military permission. The exception is the “accompanied tour” as it is called. In very specific circumstances based on rank and occupation the military extends the duty station to a spouse and children. One of the perks of an accompanied tour is that the military takes on some responsibilities for the family, including travel, housing and schooling for children. So of course the family of an accompanied soldier that dies would be treated differently.
      So while Baden Powell an officer and a general took the best meaning of working a ticket and may have even coined that term to explain the idea. It is certainly rooted in the practices of the military men trying to get somewhere happier which has been happening for as long as armies have stationed men far from home.

      • Keith, thanks for taking the time to reply. For what it’s worth, I retired out of the Army, and spent my first duty station in Germany on an accompanied tour with my wife, so I am pretty familiar with the terms and concepts I used in my post. As a note, I’m unaware of your period of service (by the way, thanks very much for stepping up and serving, Devil Dog!), but the Army has allowed soldiers to marry without permission from their chain of command for a couple decades. However, regardless of how the contemporary US military uses the term “ticket” (e.g., a wounded troop saying “I got my ticket out of this Godforsaken place”), I focused my research specifically on the use of the term in the Victorian-era British army, as that is where the Wood Badge legend of the term “working your ticket” says it originates, and thus would provide the intended meaning of such a term rather than whatever meaning Scouters want to attribute to it.

        One point–I don’t believe that “fraud, cajoling and various forms of kissing up to superiors” is unique to officers; I certainly saw more than enough of coming from the ranks of enlisted, NCOs and officers in my time, without any of the three holding a monopoly on the practices.

  17. I had the opportunity to work my ticket as a Cubmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster. Being that I was a new leader in the troop that I was in as a youth, I chose the troop setting. You may think that Wood Badge is for the experienced Scouters, but the ticket help me find my way within the troop. I now say that many experienced Scouters wear the beads.

    Part of my ticket was expanding the merit badge opportunities for our scouts. The idea came from a scout I know through church when my oldest son was visiting as a Webelos. He had told me that he would like to take Auto Mechanics, but he didn’t know of a counselor for it.

    So I started with a simple survey: Circle the merit badges that you would like to take. More than 70 badges had at least one response. The top two were camping and rifle shooting. Camping took care of itself. I focused on the shooting.

    Coincidentally, the BSA was issuing new shooting sports guidelines and luckily, my council offers the NRA instructor courses. So I talked it up with some leaders, provided the training details, and they completed the courses. We then had several scouts complete rifle and shotgun shooting merit badges without going to summer camp.

    The ticket item was complete, but now whenever we go to a scout camp, we are qualified to open a range and have used that capability. I try to continue to work my ticket though and subsequently:

    Other leaders are hoping to taking the NRA training. We have some interested in qualifying as pistol instructor course, since we have a venture crew affiliated with the troop. We have since happened upon an NRA black powder instructor and hope to add that to our troop capabilities.

    I am sorry to write so much, but I really enjoyed my Wood Badge experience and hope you consider taking the course.

    As a final note, in working through this, I did find a counselor who did the Auto Maintenance merit badge as a class, but the scout who requested it dropped from the troop before my oldest crossed over.

    Good luck!

    NE-IV-213, Beaver Patrol

  18. My Legacy is my son and the reason that I am in scouting. My favorite ticket was organizign a Fishing Derby with the Florida Fish and Wildlife. It was a great event and he was in heaven, becuase he knew that it was all for him. There was a great turn out and fun was had by all.

  19. Bryan,

    I went through Wood Badge in HOAC 13 months ago and will receive my beads at our District Round Table this coming Thursday, 1 November 2012. Since I am a Webelos Den Leader, my ticket involved Cub Scouts. You asked about our tickets:

    Two of my ticket items involved preparing for my departure from the Pack. One was a list of over 600 resources (parks, museums, etc.) where Cub Scouts could complete their requirements. The second was a checklist for completing the Pack’s major monthly events (campout, parties, etc.)

    Ticket Item #3 was to hold a “Camps Meeting” in December for parents to discuss day camp, Bear Camp, & Webelos Camp to increase attendance the following summer. Parents found out the requirements & could ask questions. I am “still working this ticket” as I am now teaching a class at HOAC’s University of Scouting this coming Saturday on Webelos Camp.

    Ticket Item #4 (Diversity) was to give my den the opportunity to earn their Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop and Activity Pin. I had two sign language interpreters (my nephew & his wife) come in to a den meeting. A week later, we took a Field Trip to the Kansas School for the Deaf’s Museum where they learned more about how hearing impaired community.

    Ticket Item #5 (360 evaluation item) was to give my Scouts exposure to a variety of experts (friends of mine) as they earned their Webelos badges, belt loops, and activity pins over the year instead of listening to the same people teach all the stuff. I had 3 nurses come in to do Readyman; a civil engineer, electrical engineer, chemical engineer, and architect come in to do the Engineer Webelos Badge; the elementary principal did most of my scholar requirements; a local state representative helped out for the citizen Webelos pin; an urban forester for the forestry and naturalist requirements; 2 foreign born people (one student & one adult) to discuss living in a different country; and even high school/college tennis players to give lessons. When my son joins a troop in February, I plan to ask many of these same people to serve as Merit Badge Counselors for at least the troop if not for the entire council.

    Quote from Educator, Writer, and Theologian Frederick Buechner: “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”

    If all us Wood Badgers would continue to work our tickets, the world would be a much better place.

  20. Bryan,
    I went to Wood Badge in 2010 and had my beading ceremony in 2011. The thing I learned after that was you keep coming up with more ticket items as you go along. So your ticket item total is going to be on the low side as there is a substantial number of ticket items done every year by wood badgers that have already earned their beads.

    Good luck with your ticket. It looks like you have found your way to Gilwell Field.

    I used to be a Fox

  21. ticket items are different for everyone. One of my ticket items was to introduce a new merit badge to BSA. Obviously, we can’t have 43,000 new merit badges every year, but if you pick 1-2 really big deals, those will live on.

    the other thing to remember in your ticket is that Scouting is supposed to supplement your life, not replace it. Don’t get so carried away with WB that you wind up destroying your personal, family, , and professional life in the process–the stuff that really counts.

  22. My Tickets…1) pressure wash covered porch walk areas of OA Conference building @Camp Yocona, Lodge 202~(2) gain access to a tractor with bucket, place wood chip piles at Camp COPE area for Beaver Day participants, place gravel to parking area @ Dinning Hall and delivery area then grade, provide a Troop Service Project by placing gravel @ OA Conference Center, they spread gravel @roof drip edge to prevent erosion that was occurring from rain run off and to walk from parking to building~ (3) load a 16′ trailer and truck bed twice with donated flowering plants…had to dig up…and plant from road to entry gate and signage @Camp Yocona~(4) install donated Vinyl Tile on Quarter Master sales floor, also @Camp Yocona, yes our FOX DESIGN IS IN THE FLOOR~(5) This is the largest of my Tickets. Though project was not totally completed due to economic downfall in 2008, Leaders of Wood Badge Course and to my unsuspecting delight awarded my beads. The project is a deck built behind OA Conference Center which is on a hill overlooking our lake. The 21′ deep x 42′ wide deck is triangular shape resembling an Arrowhead which points towards the lake. Light poles, 1/2 the decking, 24″ auger, laser level, fasteners, cement, steel and stone for fire pit were all donated then retrieved and delivered by myself. Ordeal installed light pole posts in holes dug by myself. Lodge nor Council assistance were not in the equation but evidently persons unknown decided and the two merger, provided funds, and at another Ordeal complete the project. Roughly raised by myself, monetary value of of materials was $ 3,000.00. My time to complete did expire and had accepted the fact I would take the Course again if the Beads, Woggle, and Neckerchief were to be mine. The Surprise came as I watched others being announced their achievement at a Beaver Day. Thank You…! Some think I shouldn’t have received the Award but those that make that decision did and that is that.

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