If you've ever been driving at 60 MPH and suddenly slammed on the brakes because you thought you saw a Patrol critter at a yard sale...   If you've ever received a speeding ticket because you were running late and you were afraid you might miss THE SONG...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you've ever found yourself spending ten dollars or more playing a game of chance at a carnival because the top prize was a stuffed Kudu...   If you were ever late for work because you couldn't find your patrol flag...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If your yard has grass 10 inches high but Gilwell Field looks great...   If instead of a night out with the boys, you prefer a night out with the "Bears" or "Owls" or "Beavers"...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you hang your tent totem on the doorknob of the Holiday Inn while on family vacation...   If you think your spouses new rock garden would look perfect with "A THING" in it...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you get disappointed at family reunions because no one wants to build a catapult...   If you've ever taken out a loan so you had a $100 dollar bill to measure your neckerchief...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you thought Thanksgiving dinner was ruined because you ran out of peanut butter...   If you think Bunyon burgers and Cobbler are two of the five major food groups...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If the fountain at your wedding had bug juice...   If your baby's first words were, "Back to Gilwell" ...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you think the National Anthem is "When it's Hog Calling Time Here at Wood Badge"...   If you are absolutely sure that God looks a lot like ___(insert favorite staffer name)______...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you don't understand why tuxedos don't come with neckerchiefs and knee socks...   If your Coat of Arms features a Kudu...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you think campfire building should be an Olympic sport...   If you have 2 lawn mowers that don't work and a broken storm door, but a perfectly good Table Totem...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you've ever cried because your spouse threw out a container of old ashes (and they weren't Uncle Pete)...   If your idea of a trip to the HolyLand means Gilwell Park in England...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If the only thing you remember from your honeymoon is the herd of Antelope you drove by in Wyoming...   If you've ever worn your Scout Uniform to your children's' wedding ...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you list tin foil cooking as a skill on your resume...   If the directions to your house say, "Turn left at the "THING"...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you've gone to a Hooters restaurant and didn't realize there were girls there...   If you bought that '89 Chevy Caprice for the fleur-de-lis hood ornament...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If your favorite color is olive drab...   If you decided to lash together the new deck on the back of your house...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you plan to serve foil meals at your next dinner party...   If you walk the streets in broad daylight with a coffee cup and flashlight hanging from your belt...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you raise your hand to the Scout Sign at a heated business meeting...   If you were arrested by airport security because you wouldn't give up your pocketknife until he said "thank you"...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you don't mind losing power to your house for 3 days...   If your son hides his copy of Boy's Life from you (get your own)...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If your plans for remodeling the bathroom include digging the hole deeper...   If you trade your 25 foot center console fishing boat for a 15 foot canoe...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If your favorite movie is "Follow Me Boys" and you spent months trying to convince Disney to release it on home video....   If you disconnect the automatic dishwasher in favor of the "3 pot method"...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you sneak a cup of bug juice after your spouse goes to bed...   If you felt you won a moral victory when the BSA brought back knee socks...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you think campaign hats are cool...   If you gave your wife a mummy bag rated for -15 degrees for Christmas...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you named one of your kids Baden...   If you and your spouse consider "Camp Granada" by Allen Sherman to be your song...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you can't eat eggs anymore unless they are cooked in a plastic bag ...   If you plan to get rich by writing a best selling Dutch Oven cookbook...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you took a chemistry course at a local college to help you develop a better fire starter...   If you actually own a left-handed smoke shifter...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If the high point of your social season is the Wood Badge feast...   If a trip to Philmont is a pilgrimage...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If you are convinced the center of the universe is Gilwell Park, England...   If the sales operators at the BSA distribution center's 800 number recognize your voice...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If singing "On My Honor" makes you cry uncontrollably...   If you were disappointed when Boys Life didn't win the Pulitzer Prize last year...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

If bug repellant smells like perfume...   If you know the times trains leave for Chingford from Liverpool...
...You Might Be A Wood Badger!

  ...You Might Be A Wood Badger!


Thanks for original submission by Connie Pettit,
Longhorn Council, Fort Worth Texas


 
 
 

Troop 1 Gilwell Jody Call

Scouters, scouters in the state
There’s a course you should take.
Wood Badge, Wood Badge off we’ll go
Scouting knowledge we must show.

Critters, critters don’t you know
Gilwell troop is on the go.
Learnin’ to be leaders fine
Wood Badge beads will soon be mine.

Staffers staffers can’t you see
Troop One’s scouts will soon be free.
Back to packs, troops and teams
For teaching boys with all our means.

Writing visions, making missions
Completing tickets with precision.
When our tickets all be through,
We’ll be glad and so will you.

Wood Badge, Wood Badge is our call
A leather woggle binds us all.
We will never be the same,
We put purpose in the game.

 

The Wood Badge Fox Trot

Tune: "Halls of Montezuma"

I used to have a life,
a pretty good life too.
But now that I’m in Wood Badge,
it’s all I seem to do.
I get up very early,
and I go ‘til way past ten.
When the sun rises tomorrow, we’ll do it all again.

The Beavers are all whining,
the Bobwhites now are gray.
The Eagles wings are drooping,
and the Foxes can’t think straight.
The Owls are always sleepy,
and the Bears are ornery too.
Oh, we’d love to take and hide the SPL’s kudu.

The Buffalos are angry,
the Antelopes are blue.
The staff if feeling overwhelmed,
they don’t know what to do.
The Scoutmaster is missing,
and the SPL is gone.
And my troop guide has just told me,
that my ticket is all wrong.

And now our song is over,
but you know it isn’t true.
We all had fun at Wood Badge,
despite a lot to do.
But come the end of Sunday,
we will gladly all proclaim,
That we’re glad we’ll once more have,
a normal life again.


Fred Gellert
Beaver
WE1-612-1-02


 
By Craig Ibbotson
with input from the
Fox Patrol C-29-04
Randy Hill, Jack Stewart,
Nina Garnhart, Doug Heuer.


 
 
 
The Lonely Bead

A lonely little Wood Badge bead
Lain lightly in a drawer
He wanted to be somewhere else
He wanted to be more.

He’d heard about the history
Of Wood Badge beads afar.
Of relatives in Africa
From Chad to Zanzibar.

He’d often wax so proudly
On Baden-Powell’s beads
That were given to trained leaders
For their work and for their deeds.

Chief Dinizulu’s beads were
B.P.’s gift and legacy -- 
An acknowledgment of their hard work 
For all the world to see.

The lonely little Wood Badge bead
Only wanted to be like the rest
Of those carved pairs of beads 
Strung proudly now and hanging on a chest.

He was keen on being added 
To a Scouter’s leather thong
Aside a brother bead of wood
He’d hear the “Gilwell Song.”

But, alas, he found himself alone
And full of misery.
Till a Scouter grabbed him forcefully
And made him one of three.

Truth now dawned upon the bead
And he stopped being a complainer.
He was merely waiting for that time
He’d be worn by a Wood Badge trainer.


Alan Smason
Bodacious Bobwhite from NE II – 126
(“Religious Observant” Wood Badge Course)
June – July , 2002 at Camp Kunatah
Ten Mile River Scout Camps in Narrowsburg, N.Y.



The Birth of Wood Badge

It’s said that men can change a life for either bad or good.
Once there was an Englishman, looking back from where he stood,
His working life over, his daily chores done, he wandered in the woods
And sought to do some service ere he left this troubled world.

He was a man of learning and passion, a leader of His Majesty’s Scouts.
He’d led his men in old India, his enemies he did rout.
Down in South Africa his victories are still talked about.
‘Til finally he got too old and the Army just pushed him out.

So he looked around the city with his keen outdoorsman’s eye.
He saw young boys, tomorrow’s leaders, as they idly wandered by.
He tried to find out what they did to help the time go by,
And their lack of purpose and motivation nearly made him cry.

This learned man of action started studying ‘bout boys.
He thought he knew what made them tick, their sorrows and their joys.
He didn’t think the answer lay in new and better toys.
He thought they needed to form in groups, to the woods they should deploy.

Robert worked and talked with others to try to make a plan
That would set up a training course for the boys. A completely new program.
It would teach the boys the skills they’d need to live upon the land.
He found a final worthy work to which he’d turn his hand.

Once the ideas came together, he had to find some men
Who would spend the time and money to get the training and then
Go out and teach the future fathers up in the hills and glens.
To teach the love of laughing waters, of stags and singing wrens.

He found a few good men and true, who would take the boys outside
The city walls and streets where many boys did reside.
To teach them to camp and cook and clean. They learned to stretch a hide
And make things from the leather, their experience grew wide.

They did the best they could, taught the young men to stay clean
In thought and deed and spirit; taught them never to be mean.
“Do a good turn daily” was just one recurrent theme.
Wear your uniform with honor, when wearing it you’re seen.

But some were fair, others good, yet other men were great
At leading troops of boys toward their yet undecided fate.
B-P saw that he needed to teach the leaders, it was a need that wouldn’t wait.
So for eight long years he taught them and the classes he taught were great.

“The training should be practical! We really need to camp.” said he.
Commissioner MacLaren, a man of means, said “Let’s look around and see
If we can find some property to buy, just bring the bill to me.”
So Gilwell was purchased for £10,000. Donated to Scouting for free.

On September 8 of 1919 the fellows did gather to learn
At Gilwell Field, 19 studied hard, the midnight oil they burned.
They studied Camp craft, Games and Fieldwork too, for outdoor skills they did yearn.
But the final thrill for these 19 good men was the Zulu bead they did earn.

So even today men and good women true leave their homes and families fair
To learn of the program built by Baden-Powell with such tender loving care.
You can talk about all that is wrong with kids, say they’re lazy, talk about their hair;
Or get up, get trained and do something more, fill these hearts and minds that are bare.

This is our quest, our duty, our love, to teach the Scouting ideals 
And I think the Lord smiles down from above while great joy he surely feels.
Some day he’ll give us a hug, say he loves us, our deficiencies will be healed. 
The work that we did for the future of kids began right there at Gilwell Field. 


Contributed by:
Mike Grimsby
Trapper Trails Council
W2-589-1-00
Bear Patrol and Staffer too!


 
 
 
Great Spirit,

Thank you for guiding me to Gilwell.
Thank you for my Animal Spirit Guide and for those who share it with me.

Great Spirit I am Afraid.

As I have climbed your mountain, I have learned the Wisdom.
But as I look at my Guides, I ask myself:
Can I ever have the Sincerity of my Troop Guide
Can I ever have the Ageless Wisdom of the Instructor
Can I ever have the Fatherly Love of the Scoutmaster

How can I ever mean as much to others as they mean to me.

As I look down the mountain at those who seek my guidance,
I feel unworthy.

When I look up to the clouds and see the Spirit in the Quartermaster,
I wonder if I can Care so much for so long.

Great Spirit, I will not let my fear cause me to fail.

But I know I will need help.

Grant my heart wings, that I may soar with the Songmaster.
Grant me Charity, that I may wear the caring smile of the Assistant Scoutmaster
Grant me Strength, that I may show the confident Leadership of the Senior Patrol Leader

Grant me these, Great Spirit, and I will carry this Learning to every
young man who looks up his mountain and to me his Guide.

I will share your Wisdom all of my days, until I join my Wood Badge Guides
again and we walk with Impessa through the Lea of Gilwell.


Daniel Flynn
Wood Badge Course C-35-98.
 
 


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