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Early "Diploma Course" for the Wood Badge

Open to all warranted officers of the Boy Scouts Association

I. Theoretical: 

Aims and methods of the Scout Training as defined in Aids to Scoutmastership, Scouting for Boys and Rules in such subjects as Organisation according to ages. 

Four lines of training: 

  1. Naturelore for soul
  2. Health and sex knowledge 
  3. National need
  4. Possibilities of the Training

A course of four studies either by correspondence in the Headquarters Gazette or by weekend attendances at Gilwell Park as desired by the candidate. This will form a winter course.

II. Practical: 

In four groups of subjects:

  1. Troop ceremonies and campcraft
  2. Field work and pioneering
  3. Woodcraft and Scout games
  4. Signcraft and pathfinding

The Training will be at Gilwell Park in four weekend courses or eight days in camp as most convenient to the candidate.

III. Administration: 

The practical administration of his Troop or District as shown by the results of 18 months work.


bullet One bead on button hole for passing Parts I and II.
bulletOne bead on hat string and Diploma for passing all three satisfactorily.
bulletTwo beads on hat string and Diploma for passing with special qualifications for becoming a Camp Chief. 

Approved District Schools or study circles under Camp Chiefs will be eventually carried out on similar principles but the double beads will only be awarded at Gilwell Park.

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