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A Wood Badge Family

“It’s a Great Day for Scouting” Brad Woolf always says and there’s a very personal reason behind this expressive phrase.

When Heidi Woolf, Brad and Mary’s daughter was in grade school she was in the Girl Scouts. Mary was the Troop leader and led the girls from Brownies to Cadets. During this time Brien Woolf, Heidi’s little brother came home from school saying he wanted to join the Cub Scouts. This was in 1991 when Scouting really began for the Woolf family.

From the left, front row: Mary, Micah and Brad; back row: Heidi and BrienMary said Brad was in charge of Brien in the Cub Scouts because she was much too busy with Heidi in the Girl Scouts. He was hesitant but said he would take Brien to his meetings. Brad dropped Brien off and came back an hour later to pick him up. He found out later he had to attend the meeting his first year in Tigers. Well that lasted a little while then Brad got his wife Mary to go with Brien because he was too busy to stay at the meeting. Brad went to Pack meetings to see Brien get his Bobcat and Wolf badges, helped make his pinewood derby car, but that was about it. Then one meeting while Brien was a Bear, the leader announced he was resigning and Brad was left holding a box of Scout stuff. This is when Brad stepped up realizing for the first time he could not let his son down or the other boys in the Den. At the next week’s meeting, Brad marked the beginning of his Scouting career along 6 Bear Scouts.

Brien earned his Arrow of Light and Eagle while Dad was the Scoutmaster of Troop 94 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. A good friend, Ed Peters, who played an important role in Troop and District work, encouraged Brad and 4 other leaders in Troop 94 to go to Wood Badge. Six of them attended C-9-99. At the time Brad had a few basics in training under his belt and enjoyed leading the Troop at Council and District events. He said to Ed “I’m not interested in more training, besides I can’t be gone 3 weekends,” Ed said. “You’re going with me to Wood Badge!” And so it began.

Brad absolutely loved Wood Badge and became an Eagle on Gilwell Field, A good old eagle too. Brad was invited to be on staff for adult leader training that next fall. During this he was asked to be on Wood Badge staff for C-5-01, C-31-03, C-31-05 and C-30-07 which was Ed Peters’ course.

Believe it or not his wife Mary was recruited by the best of the best in Tecumseh Council to attend C-5-01. She has camped with Youth Groups as long as Brad came along and took care of her. The Girl Scouts always camped in cabins and such. Mary did not like the idea of going to Wood Badge. She didn’t want to camp or use a latrine. The first night she could not find any of her 3 flashlights Brad gave her or make the forth one she had work to go to the latrine in the middle of the night. Crying, yelling for her husband on a dark path she just wanted to go home. If she would have known how to find her car, Mary would have gone home that night. The next 5 days of Wood Badge went a little better. Mary is a trooper and carried everything she had in the wagon she brought. Mary is now a Buffalo (not fitting to her personality) and now proud of it. She put a brown fur over the stuff in her wagon the second weekend and labeled it “baby buffalo.” Talk about getting what you say. The Woolf’s youngest son Micah was born the next year Dec. 18, 2002. He’s the Cub Scout in the picture. Mary now, of course, has her beads and is Micah’s Den leader.

Brien came home from college and since he was an avid Venturer he decided to finish. He got his Silver Award completed just before his 21st birthday. Then in 2006 Ed Peters asked Brien to attend his course C-30-07. Brad was the Assistant Scoutmaster for Program. Ed and Brad did everything “togeeeether”. They were both on staff for every course since 1999.

Brien is an Antelope from C-30-07 and loves scouting. He has been to two National Jamboree’s 2001 as QM and visited Brad his father who was the Scoutmaster for the Council Troop in 2005. Brien is one of the highest decorated Eagle Scouts in Tecumseh Council so far. He is also the Venture Leader for Crew 94 currently. Heidi his sister is an assistant advisor with him.

Brad had the privilege of becoming Wood Badge course director for C-9-09. A guy who began as a “drop off your son Dad” and not wanting to go to Wood Badge, became a Scoutmaster for Wood Badge. He had the privilege of involving his entire family. His mother (a drama director) coached him to memorize the Bayden Powell speech. Which it was a two-time standing ovation hit. His wife as everyone knows has supported Brad every step of the way. Brien was a Troop Guide for C-9-09 and received his third bead. Heidi attended the course as a Bear. She has received her beads and we are very proud of this Girl Scout. She has been to every Boy Scout event with her family possible. She is a member of the Boy Scout fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, a great leader, and mentor to the Venture Crew.

The Woolfs are truly a Wood Badge Scouting Family and set an example for the Scouting movement. Brad is a Silver Beaver and currently the District Chair for Blue Jacket District who has earned the Centennial Quality District Award. His family consists of Eagles (both kinds), a buffalo, an antelope, a bear, and a Tiger. At the Woolfs,  “It’s a Great Day for Scouting."

SAVE THE DATE IN 2011: Wood Badge dates: Aug. 19-21, 2011 and Sept. 16-18, 2011. For information on the 2011 Wood Badge Course, contact David Carpenter at (937) 684-0360
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