Scott St. Amand, left, receives Wood Badge beads from his son Cody St. Amand. Cody is in the Arrow of Light program in Cub Scout Pack 672. Brittany St. Amand, center, is the Bear’s leader. Their middle child Mason is a Bear Cub Scout, and their youngest child Avrilynn is a Tiger. Scott also is the Tiger Cub Den leader on top of being the Cubmaster. Submitted photo

Scott St. Amand, Cubmaster of Pack 672 in Gardiner, completed all requirements for the extensive Wood Badge Training program and received his Wood Badge Beads and neckerchief on Nov. 29 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner.

St. Amand also serves as the Kennbec Valley District co-chair for training, along with Scott Fails of Farmington.

Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement, according to a news release from Chuck Mahaleris, district vice chairman for the Kennebec Valley District of Scouting.

The Wood Badge training course was started in 1911 in Gilwell Park in England. The curriculum has been revised periodically over the years. At Wood Badge, participants join patrols of complete strangers, and everyone gets a turn as patrol leader.

The next Wood Badge course is scheduled to be offered next year by the Pine Tree Council Sept. 2-4 and Oct. 7-8 at Camp Hinds in Raymond. Participants must complete both weekends.



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