Wood Badge Beads Patch for Boy Scout Leader Uniforms

CODE: c047n00150

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$2.95

Looking for patches for your Boy Scout Leader Uniform? Proudly display this Wood Badge Beads patch to show your Wood Badge loyalty.  This is a great gift for your Wood Badgers or Gilwellians at reunions or to give to your patrol as a Thank You for the great memories.

The Thong and Beads

In looking for a suitable recognition for the 19 men who completed the first Wood Badge course, the hero of the 217 day siege of the South African town of Mafeking in 1900 found among his old army trophies and souvenirs a long necklace of quaintly carved wooden beads. In 1888, during the African Zulu wars, Baden-Powell found the necklace in a hut that had been recently deserted by the African King Dinizulu (Dinny-Zulu).

He presented each man who had taken part in the camp with one of the beads. They were badges of wood. The beads gave the training its name - the Wood Badge Course.

These simple wooden beads signify the completion of the training course soon became one of the most highly prized possessions a scoutmaster could have. When the original beads ran out, the Gilwell training staff whittled others to keep the tradition established by Baden-Powell.

Two simple wooden beads knotted on a leather thong have come to signify that the wearer has completed the most respected scout training program and is dedicated to the highest standards of service. You should be proud if you wear this patch on your Boy Scout Leader Uniform.

Additional Beads

Additional beads are awarded to Wood Badgers who serve as part of a Wood Badge training team. One additional bead is awarded to Assistant Leader Trainers (Wood Badge staff) and two additional beads are awarded to Leader Trainers (Wood Badge course directors), for a total of four. Wear them proudly on your Boy Scout Leader Uniform. 

Product Dimensions: 3" round

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