The Scouting Pages - The Wood Badge
THE WOOD BADGE
What is the Wood Badge?
The Wood Badge is a training program evolved under the direction of Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell. The training offered at Gilwell Park has been adapted by each national Scouting organization for use in their country so that the words "Wood Badge" and "Gilwell" are use internationally to mean adult training in Scouting. Training recognition items are also common throughout the world as follows:
The woggle or leather turk's head, beads and scarf
Each piece of the Wood Badge insignia, the Beads, Bootlace,
In 1887 Baden-Powell was posted to Cape Town and seconded as Aide-de-Camp to his uncle. General H A Smythe. General Officer Commanding South Africa Shortly after his arrival at the Cape. trouble broke out with the Zulu warriors. led by their chief Dinzulu On state occasions, Dinzulu wore a necklace some 10 to 12 feet in length consisting of over a thousand beads, ranging in size from tiny bead emblems to others, four inches in length It was considered sacred by the warriors, and there was a belief that if ever captured all resistance by the natives would cease The necklace was kept in a cave. high on a mountain and guarded day and night
Baden-Powell heard of this and hoped that he would acquire the necklace This did happen and his wish was fulfilled Baden-Powell took the necklace home to England where it was kept with his other military souvenirs
It was over 30 years before he made full use of it
The Leather Lace
The next part of the Wood Badge Story takes us to Mafeking where
The story further relates that Mafeking was soon relieved and the leather thong joined the other souvenirs.
In 1919 the first training course for leaders was held at Gilwell Park.
The Scarf is officially coloured dove grey (the colour of humility) on the outside and warm red on the inside to signify warmth of felling.
On the apex of the Gilwell scarf is a small piece of Maclaren tartan to remind us of the fine gesture by Mr. deBois Maclaren in providing the original land for Gilwell Park
The material is a registered cloth, which means it cannot be used for any other purpose, nor mar may it be modified or any additions made to it
In the 1920 the scarf, which had always been tired with a knot, was held with a scarf slide. So far as it is known, the name "woggle" was invented by Gidney, the first chief of Gilwell
Baden Powell suggested to the Gilwell staff that they experiment and produce a
In the early days of leader training, fire lighting by friction was very much a novelty and for many years was demonstrated on Wood Badge courses. A main piece of equipment was a length of leather thong.
Using one of the fire lighting thongs, Bill Shankley, who was at the time serving at Gilwell, produced a two strand Turk's head slide that was adopted as the official "woggle"