Wood Badge is a training course for Scouters which finally results in their receiving a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919 and gave each of the participants one of the beads which he had captured from the African chieftain Dinizulu. Thus did the course name develop, for its symbol was literally a badge of wood. Here are some displays of the various Wood Badge Courses that have taken place at HSR over the years.
The prerequisite program to Woodbadge, Scoutmaster Fundamentals does exactly as promised: provides new adult leaders with the basic tools for proficiency in outdoor camping as well as teaches the basics of the patrol method and troop organization.
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills
The Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills Training program consists of an overnight camping experience where Adult Leaders get put into the shoes of new scouts to learn the patrol method as well as basic Tenderfoot - First Class outdoor skills.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.
These courses shown below have been hosted at Horseshoe Scout Reservation.
To operate a chainsaw on the property in order to provide firewood for winter camping, operators must be 18+ and trained by a qualified trainer. HSR provides the training many weekends for those who wish be volunteers sawyers.
The National Youth Leadership Training program (formerly Junior Leadership Training prior to 2004 and Troop Leader Training back in the 70s and early 80s) takes promising young Scouts from troops and crews throughout the council and provides them with an intensive two weekend seminar similar to the adult Wood Badge course.