HISTORY OF WOOD BADGE & GILWELL PARK
THE BEGINNING OF WOOD BADGE
WOOD BADGE TRAINING GETS A PERMANENT HOME
In 1919 W. F. de Bois Maclaren, a district commissioner in Scotland, purchased Gilwell Park and presented it to The Scout Association of Britain. He wanted to provide a training ground for the officers of the Scouting movement. Consequently, Gilwell Park became the permanent home of Wood Badge training in England and annually welcomes Scouters from around the world.
The ax and log symbol associated with Wood Badge is actually the totem of Gilwell Park. Recently, The Scout Association has announced that it would relocate its headquarters from London to Gilwell Park.