Re: Re(2): Woodbadge Bead Presentations
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Aug 1993 09:11:29 CDT
"Ed Badger, d86, ext. 3536, room 2511A" <ewb86@CAS.ORG> writes:
(with some deletion for space only...)
>The bead ceremonies I have seen have fallen into two extremes: A magnificent
>blow-out featuring several speakers and a moving rendition of "Back to
>Gilwell;" and a disappointing "here's-yer-beads-now-siddown."
Was that spoken in the "Ross Perot" voice?? *hehehe* I laughed
because when I read the posting the night before out aloud, Jessiann
looked at me from across the room and then fell out laughing.
But this is NOT a laughing matter. There has not been an attempt to
"standardize" the Woodbadge presentation, because of the personal
nature of the award in the eyes of the presenters and the presented.
For instance, I received my Scout beads during the fall Training and
Service Conference of the Transatlantic Council...it was very
beautiful and the pagentry was superb (a slide show featuring the
Woodbadge Troop from a past year; a chorus of Woodbadgers singing
"Back to Gilwell" as I was escorted up to the stage; an explaination
of the Woodbadge experience and slideshow by someone with the Council
(I'm not sure who that was); the presentation of the beads by the senior
Woodbadger present (a two star general whom wore his four beads over the
standard dress Air Force blue uniform); the traditional placing of the
neckerchief and woggle by two Woodbadgers representing all Beavers
(I was a Beaver, a Blue Beaver at that); the presentation of the
certificates by the Council Scout Executive; and the presentation of the
TAC stave by the Scoutmaster of the upcoming Woodbadge Troop (whom later
invited me to serve on the staff and I accepted!) ).
I don't think that you could get all of that to work in, say,
Anniston, Alabama, only because of the tradition that was associated
with the presentation in Europe.
The Exploring beads were presented in a much less formalized way,
during the Regional meeting of the Southeast Region in Atlanta. There
was less hoopla, but I felt that the ceremony there was more precise
because that was my *first* Woodbadge ceremony. The elements were the
same: an explaination of the Woodbadge, the background of the course,
including the Exploring course, then the presentation of the beads,
then the neckerchief and woggle (slide), and then the presentation of
the certificate and a Wood Badge pin (which Exploring leaders wear
since the beads are NOT to be worn with anything except the field
uniforms of the BSA).
We present the Exploring Advanced Seminar gavels in a similar way.
>I confess that I'm more attracted to the blow-out. I second the request
>that if you have/know of beading ceremonies, please either send them to
>the list or email them (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I third the request that if you have great/decent/fair beading
ceremonies, to please post them or send them to Ed. He'll post a
summary of them for us (*please?!*).
And to all of those receiving their beads soon, we *all* wish that we
could be present for the ceremony...our prayers and personal congrats
are with each and every one of you as you reaffirm your committment to
providing quality Scouting leadership and support through your
efforts. We are ALL very, very proud of you in this exceptional
Mike L. Walton
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