I used to be a ...
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 11:14:43 -0500
It was recently asked what was meant by all of us who end our messages with
"I used to be a ...(animal name here)". Perhaps we should include this
question in this list's FAQ if it already isn't there?
Surely we'll get a longer answer from Mike Walton <g>, or someone else, but
in brief it means those people have attended Wood Badge. In the US it is
the advanced training course for Boy Scout leaders and Cub Scout trainers.
This course is also offered in other countries within World Organisation of
the Scouting Movement, but since there are significant differences in the
administration of Wood Badge amongst countries, I will keep my comments to
In the US, in recent years, the patrols for Wood Badge are standardized.
There are eight patrols. They are used in set order. Depending on the
size of the course all eight may not be used. The animal names you see are
Scouters' Wood Badge patrol names.
"I used to be a ..." is a reference to a song that is sung many times during
the course where each patrol has their own verse. The first line of the
verse is always, I used to be a (patrol name).
As an aside, some minor confusion arises since there is an Eagle patrol in
the BSA Wood Badge. Some people have proudly stated that they "used to be
an Eagle" only to be chided by others that they are always an Eagle Scout,
not realizing the reference was to a Wood Badge patrol and not a rank earned
as a Scout.
John Pannell, Unit Commissioner
Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo (SR-92, working ticket)
but will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City