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How to wear wood badge beads

Wood Badge training provides Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders with additional training in both leadership and scout skills. The course has a long history, beginning in 1911 when Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting in Great Britain, began the first advanced leadership course. Upon completing Wood Badge, participants receive wooden beads on a thong, a Wood Badge neckerchief and a woggle slide. The beads are worn on their own or in conjunction with the neckerchief and woggle. These items provide recognition to Wood Badge graduates.

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Lift the collar of your Scout shirt. Drape the thong around your neck, under the collar, so that the beads hang on either side of your neck. Adjust the thong so the ends are even.

Hold the two ends of the thong together. Make a loop in the thong, 2 to 3 inches above the Wood Badge beads. Bring the ends of the thong, including the beads, through the loop and pull the knot tight, forming a simple overhand knot.

Place the Wood badge neckerchief around your neck with the tails hanging down the front. Thread the tails of the necker into the Wood Badge woggle. Hold the necker tails in one hand and pull the woggle up until it nearly touches your collar.

Slip the beads and thong through the woggle on the back of the neckerchief. Slip the tails of the necker under the beads, so the beads are sitting on the front of the necker and fully visible.


You can wear the Wood Badge beads on their own or with your den or troop neckerchief. If you wear the Wood Badge neckerchief, you must also wear your Wood Badge beads.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wood Badge beads and thong
  • Neckerchief
  • Woggle

About the Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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