|A Wood Badge Ceremony is a very
special event. It is not only special for the person who is finally receiving his/her Wood
Badge regalia, but it is also special for all Wood Badgers who attend. A Wood Badge
ceremony re-kindles that Wood Badge spirit inside each Wood Badger as they remember their
own Wood Badge experiences. It is also a recruiting opportunity for those who have not
attended Wood Badge.
When a participant has completed his ticket to the
satisfaction of himself and his ticket counselor he is awarded is Wood Badge beads or
regalia. This presentation should be made in front of his/her peers or preferably
that of their own unit. When I have done presentations in a unit setting, I like to
tell the boys that their Scoutmaster (or other) has usually worked several hundred hours
to achieve this award and it would be like them working 3 or 4 Eagle projects. This really
builds the respect of the boys toward their leader.
The Wood Badge regalia consists of two simple wooden beads knotted on a
leather thong, the Gilwell neckerchief with the MacLaren tartan, the woggle, and the Wood
Badge certificate. (see the traditional ceremony for an explanation of the regalia and its
Although there is no standard way that the Wood Badge ceremony needs to be
conducted, many Wood Badge ceremonies are similar. This may be due to tradition, or the
fact that prior ceremonies have been very special when a similar format was used. A Wood
Badge ceremony should be planned in any manner that is appropriate for the person
receiving the regalia. Remember, such a great accomplishment deserves special recognition.
The pages linked here contain two Wood Badge ceremonies. One is a
traditional full version ceremony which is usually used when the Wood Badge ceremony is
the only event of the evening. The other ceremony is a shortened version which has been
used when the Wood Badge ceremony was conducted during a Court of Honor, Round Table, or
|Thanks to Jim Wink of Orange County for suggesting we add this page,
and to Leo Beecher for his written ceremonies.
If you have other ceremonies to share please share them.