Re: Wood Badge Paraphernalia
Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Sat, 3 Aug 1996 17:38:05 -0500
At 05:07 PM 8/3/96 -0500, Leslie D. Fife wrote:
>Sometime after I completed my ticket, I bought and read the Woodbadge History
>book. I wish I could find it now, but recently moved and still have unopened
>As I recall, the CHief Ranger at Gilwell wears "six" beads. At one time, the
>national director (if there is one) wears five. SO, perhaps no one wears five
>in the USA.
Not "perhaps," but for certain. I served as a member of the National Task
Force over the last few years. The then National Director of training had a
very simple philosophy. He wore two beads only (though certainly entitled
to wear more having served on and directed Wood Badge courses, and serving
as the top Wood Badger in the BSA's Boy Scout Training organization). I
always admired his view that active Directors and Staffers wear the
additional beads, but all those completing Wood Badge (ticket and all) wear
the same badge for completion. You know it is just a training course.
To my knowledge, the current National Director follows the same practice.
Yours in Scouting,
Wood Badge 417, Schiff S. R., 1973.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City