Hi Scout Leader,
Welcome to the 2017 Heart of Virginia Council Wood Badge Course S7-602-17! Started by Lord Robert Baden Powell in 1919, Wood Badge is considered the pinnacle in training for scout leaders. Wood Badge is not outdoor skill training. It is training in leadership skills! By participating in Wood Badge, you will learn new scouting and leadership skills that will equip you to become the best possible Scout or Venture leader in your unit, district or council. These skills will help you put on the best possible program for the youth in your unit. The skills I learned in this course have also helped me greatly in the workplace and with my family. In it, you will make new friends from throughout the Council. It is my privilege to serve as the 2017 course director/scoutmaster.
I was raised in Kenbridge (Lunenburg County), Virginia. This small rural town was built around the tobacco industry. I have many stories to share about working in the tobacco fields! As a youth, I also worked in construction, had a bicycle paper route and drove the laundry truck. Weekends were spent at Kerr Lake with my family where fishing and water skiing were favorite pasttimes.
I began my scouting career in Kenbridge with Cub Scout Pack/BSA Troop 542 (Piedmont Area Council). In 1971, I earned the Eagle Scout Award. I was also elected to the Order of the Arrow, Koo Ku Hoo Lodge in 1970. After the Piedmont Area Council went bankrupt, the Troop number changed to Troop 7542 (Robert E. Lee Council, Meherrin District) and I became a member of the Nawakwa OA Lodge.
I attended Bob Jones University for two years before transferring to the University of Richmond School of Business graduating in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 1976. I worked in industry for awhile until I passed the CPA exam and joined a local accounting firm. In 1982, I became a partner in the firm of Sabatini & Winn. In 2000, we merged with a regional firm and I was director of small business services for the State of Virginia. In 2005, I started my own CPA firm in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Scouting has provided numerous opportunities for me to serve my community. In my role as course director, I will be able to share with you from my own experiences in scouting which include:
- Troop 7542: Scoutmaster
- Pack 544: Tiger Cub Coach, Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Cubmaster
- Troop 544: Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Scout Coach
(I have had the privilege of helping 67 boys obtain their Eagle rank.)
- Battlefield District: District Chairman, District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner, District Advancement Committee (Eagle Boards of Review), FOS Committee.
- Heart of Virginia Council: Scoutmaster 2010 National Jamboree, Assistant Scoutmaster 2013 National Jamboree.
- Order of the Arrow: Vigil member of Nawakwa Lodge. I am a familiar face in the kitchen as I have served over a quarter century on the food service team!
Seeing the boys go from young boys to fine young men and watching them see new things grand and wondrous has been the best part of scouting. I had the privilege of serving as Scoutmaster for a jamboree troop in 2010 for the 100th anniversary and as an Assistant Scoutmaster for the first jamboree at the Bechtel Summit in 2013. I served as cook for Troop 521 in 2001 when they took their troop to Ireland and was invited to be a leader for their 2006 Sea Base trip. In 2005 I took my troop to Ireland. It makes all the time and effort worthwhile when the young men from those adventures and the boys I have worked with over the years in my troop come up to me and tell me what scouting and their experiences have meant to them.
I went through Wood Badge in SR172 and I have had the opportunity to serve on the following courses as staff and have been on auxiliary staff for most of the other courses the Council has put on since 2001:
- Troop Guide (SR501)
- Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop Guides (SR604)
- Senior Patrol Leader (SR966)
- Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Chaplin (S7-602-12)
- Assistant SM Facilities (S7-602-14).
The friends I have made and seeing the impact that the participants have made in their units has been wonderful.
Of the many recognitions I have received throughout my scouting career, the one that has meant the most to me was receiving my 40 year veteran’s pin at the same time my father received his 70 year veteran’s pin. We both received the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award.
I have been married to Mary Kay Davis for 37 years. We have two sons, Ben and Josh, who are also Eagle Scouts and four grandchildren, Duncan, Genevieve, Ellie and Liam. We have been remodeling the 1910 farmhouse in Mechanicsville where my grandfather Wade was a truck farmer. I am a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where I served as treasurer, participated in several mission trips, and was the toddler teacher for 15 years. My community involvement over the years also includes the Kiwanis and Ruritan Clubs and founding member of the Mechanicsville Unit of the American Cancer Society. In 2005 to 2006, I served as president of the Hanover Business Council and have served for many years on the Business First Committee with the Hanover Economic Development office. When I am not working, remodeling our home or scouting, I enjoy patch collecting, woodworking, cooking, telling stories and hanging out with the grandkids.
I look forward to getting to know each of you and to sharing this Woodbadge experience with you so you can make your unit the best it can be for the youth you serve.
Yours in Scouting,
Course Director/Scoutmaster Wood Badge 2017