Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1938 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Find out where fifteen trees of different kinds grow near her home, and mark them on a rough map.  Know their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.  Show smoke-prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct something from natural wood (e.g. hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick).

4) Be able to saw and chop wood.

5) Find out from what wood ten wooden articles have been made.

1939 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Find out where fifteen trees of different kinds grow near her home, and mark them on a rough map.  Know their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.  Show smoke-prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct something from natural wood (e.g. hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick).

4) Be able to saw and chop wood.

5) Find out from what wood ten wooden articles have been made.

1943 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Find out where fifteen trees of different kinds grow near her home, and mark them on a rough map.  Know their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.  Show smoke-prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct something from natural wood (e.g. hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick).

4) Be able to saw and chop wood.

5) Find out from what wood ten wooden articles have been made.

1947 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Find out where fifteen trees of different kinds grow near her home, and mark them on a rough map.  Know their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.  Show smoke-prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct something from natural wood (e.g. hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick).

4) Be able to saw and chop wood.

5) Find out from what wood ten wooden articles have been made.

1950 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Find out where fifteen trees of different kinds grow near her home, and mark them on a rough map.  Know their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.  Show smoke-prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct something from natural wood (e.g. hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick).

4) Be able to saw and chop wood.

5) Know to what use six woods are put and have found examples.

1953 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Find out where fifteen trees of different kinds grow near her home, and mark them on a rough map.  Know their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves and bark.  Show smoke-prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct something from natural wood (e.g. hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick).

4) Be able to saw and chop wood.

5) Know to what use six woods are put and have found examples.

1957 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch map the places near her home where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct from natural wood one of the following: hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick, or equivalent.

4) Saw and chop wood.

5) Find six different woods and give their uses.

1960 POR - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch map the places near her home where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct from natural wood one of the following: hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick, or equivalent.

4) Show that she can use an axe and a saw skilfully; know how to look after them.

5) Find six different woods and give their uses.

1961 (July) POR - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch map the places near her home where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) Construct from natural wood one of the following: hut, bridge, gadget, walking stick, or equivalent.

4) Show that she can use an axe and a saw skilfully; know how to look after them.

5) Find six different woods and give their uses.

1963 (July) POR Amendments - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch map the places near her home where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) a) Sharpen a sheath knife or jack knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood e.g. whistle, walking stick, spoon or egg cup.

c) Show that she can use an axe or saw skillfully, and know how to look after it.

4) Find six different woods and give their uses.

1964 (March) POR - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch map the places near her home where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) a) Sharpen a sheath knife or jack knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking stick, spoon or egg cup.

c) Show that she can use an axe or saw skillfully; know how to look after it.

4) Find six different woods and give their uses.

1965 (July) POR - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch map the places near her home where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, first-year seedlings of six trees.

3) a) Sharpen a sheath knife or jack knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking stick, spoon or egg cup.

c) Show that she can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Find six different woods and give their uses.

1968 Guide Handbook - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, six young seedlings (under three years).

3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon, or egg-cup.

c) Show that you can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, or furniture factory.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.

5) Find six different woods and give heir uses.

6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.

1973 Guide Handbook - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Collect, or draw from life, six young seedlings (under three years).

3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon, or egg-cup.

c) Show that you can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, or furniture factory.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.

5) Find six different woods and give heir uses.

6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.

1978 Guide Handbook - Woodman Badge


1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Pot up and watch the development of six young seedlings, or successfully grown three from seed.  Before your test take advice on where and when these trees should be planted.

3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon or egg-cup.

c) Show that you can sue an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, or furniture factory.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.

5) Find six different woods and give their uses.

6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.

1979 Edition - Hints on Girl Guide Badges - Woodman Badge

1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Pot up and watch the development of six different young seedlings, or successfully grown three from seed.  Before your test take advice on where or when these trees should be planted.

3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon or egg-cup.

c) Show that you can sue an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, or furniture factory.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.

5) Find six different woods and give their uses.

6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.

1983 Guide Badge Book - Woodman Badge

1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

2) Pot up and watch the development of six young seedlings, or successfully grow three from seed.  Before your test take advice on where and when these trees should be planted.

3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.

b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon or egg-cup.

c) Show that you can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, furniture factory, cabinet maker, carpenter or woodcarver.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.

5) Find six different woods and give their uses.

6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.

1984 Help with Guide Badges - Woodman Badge

1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.
2) Pot up and watch the development of six different young seedlings, or successfully grown three from seed.  Before your test take advice on where or when these trees should be planted.
3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.
b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon or egg-cup.
c) Show that you can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.
4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, furniture factory, cabinet maker, carpenter or woodcarver.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.
5) Find six different woods and give their uses.
6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.
1986 Guide Badge Book - Woodman Badge

1) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.
2) Pot up and watch the development of six different young seedlings, or successfully grown three from seed.  Before your test take advice on where or when these trees should be planted.
3) a) Sharpen a sheath-knife or jack-knife.
b) Make an article from natural wood, e.g. whistle, walking-stick, spoon or egg-cup.
c) Show that you can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.
4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens, saw-mill, furniture factory, cabinet maker, carpenter or woodcarver.  Make notes or sketches of interesting things you discover.
5) Find six different woods and give their uses.
6) Know something about the care of trees and the prevention of forest or woodland fires.
1989 Guide Badge Book - Forester Badge

1) a) Mark on a sketch-map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow; identify their twigs, flowers, fruit, and leaves.  

b) Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of them.

c) Know the uses of the wood obtained from six of them.

2) Pot up and watch the development of six young seedlings, or successfully grow three from seed.  Before your test take advice on where and when these trees should be planted.

3) Show that you can use an axe or saw; know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens or saw-mill and tell the tester what interesting things you discover.

5) Know something about the care of trees, including pruning and thinning and prevention of forest or woodland fires.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Forester Badge


1) Do the following;

a) Mark on a sketch map the places where fifteen different species of tree grow.  Identify their twigs, flowers, fruit and leaves.

b) Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of the trees.

c) Know what the wood from six of them can be used for.

2) Pot up and watch the development of six young seedlings, or successfully grow three of these from seed.  Before your test, find out where and when these trees should be planted.

3) Show that you can use an axe or saw.  Know how to look after it.

4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens or sawmill.  Tell the tester what interesting things you discover there.

5) Know something about the care of trees, including pruning and thinning.  Know how forest and woodland fires might be prevented.

1995 Guide Badge Book - Forester Badge

1) Do the following:
a) Mark on a sketch map places where 15 different species of trees grow.  Identify their twigs, flowers, fruit and leaves.
b) Make leaf prints or bark rubbings of three of the trees.
c) Know what the wood from six of them can be used for.
2) Pot up and watch the development of six young seedlings, or successfully grow three from seed.  Before your test, find out where and when these trees should be planted.
3) Show that you can use an axe or saw.  Know how to look after them.
4) Visit a forest, arboretum, botanical gardens or saw mill  Tell the tester what interesting things you discovered there.
5) Know something about the care of trees, including pruning and thinning.  Know how forest and woodland fires might be prevented.
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