Richard Francis “John” Thurman (4 April 1911 – April 1985) was Camp Chief of Gilwell Park from 1943 to 1969.
In 1943, he introduced the Gilwell woggle awarded on the completion of basic training, and the Gilwell scarf and the Wood Badge beads were awarded on the completion of Advanced Training.
Thurman wrote a number of instructional booklets, many on Scout pioneering. The folks at The Dump have scanned many of Thurman’s works and created free PDF versions of them.
|Some Training Ideas for Scouts||sometraining.pdf|
|The Scout’s Book Of Gilwell||scoutsgilwell.pdf|
|Fun With Ropes And Spars||funwithropes.pdf|
|Camp Fire Leader’s Book||C-F-Leader.pdf|
|Patrol Leaders Handbook||patrolleader.pdf|
|The Court of Honour||courtofhonour.pdf|
|The Scout and his Axe||scoutaxe.pdf|