To the untrained eye, two wooden beads on a length of cord might seem meaningless. But to the adults who have earned them, they represent determination, devotion, and commitment. The beads mean they’ve earned the Wood Badge.
Chris Martone and John Guccione, both of Cub Scout Pack 922 were awarded their Wood Badge beads at the 2015 ConnJam event that was held over the May 15 – 17 weekend at the Orange Fairgrounds, which hosted over 4,800 scouts from all over the New England states. In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.
Wood Badge is the advanced leadership and team-building training for adult leaders. It teaches skills that are useful in Scouting, workplace, and elsewhere. The program is for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venture leaders as well as council and district leaders. Wood Badge for the 21st Century focuses on leadership skills.
Chris Martone is currently a den leader at Pack 922. He has led a den for three years and currently has two of his three sons in cub scouting. Chris’ oldest son, Bruno, is currently a Webelos scout and his 2nd son, Enzo, is entering Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub.
John Guccione is currently a den leader for Pack 922 and has also been involved with scouting for three years. John’s son, Connor, is a Webelos scout.
Chris and John join two other advanced trained leaders at Pack 922. Currently Pack 922 now has four Wood Badge trained adult leaders, Jeff Cap, Marty Hummel, Chris Martone, and John Guccione.
Cubmaster Jeff Cap said that he is “extremely thrilled and happy for both Chris and John and glad to have two additional Wood Badge leaders in our Pack. It’s rare to have just one Wood Badge leader trained in any Pack, but Pack 922 now has four and another leader who is attending this year’s Wood Badge course in August will be our fifth Wood Badge adult leader.”
Boys in grades first through fifth are welcome to join Cub Scouts. For information on cub scouting and to join Pack 922, please visit its website at www.OrangeCTscouting.com or contact Cubmaster Jeff Cap at 203.951.9505.
Chris Martone and John Guccione with their sons right before their Wood Badge beading ceremony at the 2015 ConnJam event
Wood Badge Beading Ceremony at ConnJam 2015 Orange Fairgrounds