Re: Wood Badge Bead Ceremonies Requested
Jon R. Smith (jrsmith@GTE.NET)
Fri, 12 Jun 1998 23:38:37 -0400
Here's one passed to me by my great friends stationed in Germany
which was used for my beading ceremony back in '95 in Garmisch.
YIS, Jon Smith, Valrico (Tampa), FL
WOOD BADGE BEADS PRESENTATION
(Sound the Kudu)
The sound of the horn of the Great Kudu Antelope roused the boys of
Brownsea Island in 1907 and also roused the first "Wood Badgers" at
Gilwell in 1919.
In 1911, four years after the Scouting program began in England, Lord
Robert Baden Powell, or "BP", started the training of adult leaders by
giving a series of lectures. In the fall of 1919, the first course for
Scout Leaders was held at Gilwell Park in England.
In looking for a suitable recognition for the 19 Scouters who attended
the first training course at Gilwell, BP found among his many military
trophies a necklace that had been secured while on a campaign against
the Ashanti and Matabele in Southern Africa in the 1880's. The
necklace contained more than 1000 carved wooden beads and was the kind
of necklace that only Tribal Chiefs and great warriors would wear.
Legend has it that this necklace had belonged to the great African
Chief, Dinizulu. BP also found a simple leather thong that had been
given to him by an elderly African during the siege at Mafeking. The
old African, who had seen that BP was depressed, gave the thong to BP
for good luck. The African told BP, "My mother gave it to me for luck,
now it will bring you luck".
In 1948, "Wood Badge" as the training program was now called, came
to the United States. Wood Badge is designed to give Adult Scouters
the leadership and training skills needed to provide a high quality
Scouting program for the youth of America. Wood Badge has gone through
several changes since its introduction to the U.S. Scouting program in
the 1940's. What has not changed is the quality of leader the program
helps build and the strength of the Scouting program that helps build
boys into men. Wood Badge is the advanced training program of the Boy
Scouts of America.
Scouters who have completed the practical experience and completed a
self prepared "Ticket" that reinforces and implements what was learned
at the practical experience, are awarded two wooden beads on a leather
thong (the Wood Badge), a taupe neckerchief with a patch of MacLaren
tartan on the back, (the MacLaren tartan in honor of the man who
donated Gilwell Park to the Scouts), a woggle made of leather that is
the right length for making fire by friction with a bow, and a
parchment certificate. The beads, woggle, and taupe neckerchief are
worn by tens of thousands of Scouters all over the world who have
completed the Wood Badge training. Wood Badgers are considered to be
members of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group.
The Wood Badge is given by the Boy Scouts of America to the following
Scouter(s) in recognition for completing the National Wood Badge
As Kipling once said, "WHO HATH SMELT WOOD-SMOKE AT TWILIGHT? WHO HATH
HEARD THE BIRCH-LOG BURNING? WHO IS QUICK TO READ THE NOISES OF THE
NIGHT? LET HIM FOLLOW WITH THE OTHERS, FOR THE YOUNG MEN'S FEET ARE
TURNING TO THE CAMPS OF PROVED DESIRE AND KNOWN DELIGHT.
Let us congratulate our newest Wood Badger(s).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City