The Wood Badge or Woodbadge , literally badge of wood , generally indicated under the name of sticks in French, is a recognition which the persons in charge scouts having finished receive a training program given by their respective association scoute. The object is appeared as two wood sticks attached to a leather cord. The people having received the Wood Badges are called the Wood Badgers or Gilwellians , and enter the very restricted circle of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group , group which is found each year at the time of the first weekend from September to Gilwell Park for the Gilwell Reunion . In France, the badge of wood is decreed with the graduate chiefs of the camp-school.
Wood Badge basic comprises two sticks , but there are some with more: the formative assistants carry three sticks, and the trainers carry four from there. The Deputy Camp Chief of Gilwell (responsible for the formation), carried to him five sticks, but this practice was quickly abandoned. BP itself carried six sticks.
The persons in charge scouts raising the Wood Badge are recognized and high-placed in the regard of their brothers scouts throughout the world.
Origins of Wood Badge
The Wood Badge finds its origin in a traditional collar ( iziqu ) carried by the chief Zoulou Dinizulu, consisted of more than 1000 sticks of Acacia and length of almost 4 meters. Baden-Powell, when it was in station in South Africa, was charged to capture it, but it never reached that point; it been able to report only this collar, found in the abandoned village of Dinizulu.
Many years later, BP sought a mark to distinguish the participants in the first camp from formation of Gilwell, held in September 1919. It built first Wood Badge then while passing two of the sticks of the iziqu of Dinizulu on a portion of a large leather lace which had been given to him to Mafeking.
The scarf of Gilwell, him, car its origin of a will to honor the police chief scout who had given Gilwell Park to scouting: as it descended from the Scottish Clan of the McLaren, the scarf was entirely made Tartan of MacLaren. However very quickly, in front of the cost that induced, the scarves became gray-orange, with only one piece of tartan to the point. Certain continuous motions to only raise the scarf in complete tartan.
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