Re: Wood Badge Woggle
Ray Klaus (klaus@EDSUG.COM)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 12:00:45 -0700
I hate to answer my own question, but I had been searching for over
two hours when I posted the first note (below).
I have found the reference, and before I get a load of "me too"'s I
thought I would post the WWW site where it is found:
I will quote the paragraphs of importance here for those who may not
have WWW access:
In the early days of Scouting, the scarf was fastened at the throat
by a knot but, in 1920 or 1921, the scarf slide came into use.
It is said the name "woggle" was invented for it by Gidney, the
Camp Chief of Gilwell.
In those days, the lighting of fires by friction was very much of a
novelty and, for many years, was demonstrated on Wood Badge
The main piece of equipment for this activity was a leather thong.
When not being used for fire-making, the thong was long enough to
a two strand Turk's Head Woggle, which is what we wear today. When
you present Wood Badges in the future, consider including some of
the history behind the insignia in your presentation.
If you have been scrubbing through your personal archives looking
for this for me, I thank you.
Yours in Scouting,
"...and a good old Eagle, too"
> Hi all,
> I need your help. I remember seeing an e-mail on Scouts-L or
> perhaps a WWW site with information about the Wood Bagde Woggle. As
> best I remember it, the WB woggle was fashioned from the leather
> drive belt from an old treadle sewing machine. It seems that the
> leather was used for the bow string in a friction bow to start a
> fire by friction. The leather was the proper length to tie into the
> two-strand woggle that is worn by those who have completed their WB
> Does anyone have a copy of the e-mail or a reference to where it can
> be found.
> Unfortunately, I need this ASAP.
> e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Ray Klaus
> Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 1602
> Mission Viejo, CA
> "...and a good old Eagle, too."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City