The North Florida Council Boy Scouts of America invite all Wood Badge Scouters to become members of The Gilwell Society to provide service to training in the Scouting community, enjoy ongoing fellowship with likeminded Wood Badgers, and create networking bonds to help all Scouters provide a better program to the Scouting youth.
Gilwell Society Co-founders
Established in 2004, The Gilwell Society co-founders Judy Ford of Jacksonville and Maurice “Mouse” Sterling of Palatka are widely recognized as two of the most respected Scouters in the North Florida Council. They continue to serve The Gilwell Society with their leadership.
Back To Gilwell
Back to Gilwell happy land I am going to work my ticket if I can. The Gilwell Society sponsors multiple events each year. The Back to Gilwell event and Annual Business meeting is held in the Spring. The Wood Badge promotion dinners are held in October, and the Gilwell Society Training weekend is held in the Fall. Other events are scheduled as well, such as the Rewards and Recognition Gilwell Bucks Auction!
Wood Badge Participants
Wood Badge Participants are the continued energy that fuels The Gilwell Society. It is exciting to see new Wood Badge critters spark when they understand that the Mountain Top Experience of Wood Badge never ends!
Training is the essence of The Gilwell Society. It was founded on the understanding that "every Scout deserves a trained leader". But, Wood Badge offers so much more than training! There are three key areas that a participant gets from attending Wood Badge: training, experience, relationships. There is always something new to learn and someone new to get to know! The Gilwell Society expands the participants circle from their own course to the entire North Florida Council of Wood Badgers.
The Gilwell Society
The Gilwell Society was formed to provide meaningful and practical avenues for continued service to Scouting at the local level, encourage and support the completion of Wood Badge tickets and related contributions that benefit youth and strengthen the bonds of friendship and fellowship among all Scouters.
The Wood Badge “ticket” is the tool designed to channel heightened levels of enthusiasm into practical service. As Scouters “work” their Wood Badge tickets, they apply the leadership skills and lessons learned during the practical phase of their Wood Badge training. Each Scouter’s pledge to complete individual ticket commitments benefit those directly served by the Scouting program.
Once a Scouter completes the Wood Badge “ticket” they may wear the Wood Badge. Many of these Scouters are "on fire" after completing the ticket and are excited to volunteer in areas they might not have been comfortable in prior to attending Wood Badge. These invigorated Scouters will be sure to have lots of opportunities to continue to grow as leaders with the help of the Gilwell Society.
The Gilwell Society concept presents an ideal venue to identify and utilize leaders willing to
provide additional service to both the ongoing training cause and other useful projects. The
society also provides a framework for Scouters interested in supporting the delivery of Wood Badge training in a multitude of ways from logistic support, making meals and staffing the annual Training weekend in the Fall.