It is the swatch of cloth found on the apex
of the Wood Badge scarf. The swatch is the clan tartan of the
clan MacLaren, a clan that traces its history back to the 12th
It was in 1919 when William F de Bois MacLaren,
who is a Scout commissioner Rosneath, graciously provided £10,000
for the purchase of what is now known as Gilwell Park, the
home of the Wood Badge training. In his honor, and with the
permission of the clan MacLaren, Scout leaders who have completed
the Wood Badge Course wears the scarf with the swatch of the
MacLaren Tartan on its apex. A Wood Badge holder is also entitled
to special membership into clan MacLaren family association.
The use of the tartan by Scouting is provided
with limited rights. The clan MacLaren retains exclusive rights
to its use. Becoming a Wood Badge holder does not entitle the
holder any rights to the use of the tartan other than having
it as part of the wood badge scarf.
There are websites out there that credits a
Kenneth duBois MacLaren for the donation of the Gilwell training
facility. The only mention I read about regarding a Kenneth MacLaren
is regarding a Captain Kenneth MacLaren who served with B.P. in
the 13th Hussars.
MacLaren Society of North America, Ltd.
Tree Web mentions Captain Kenneth MacLaren of the 13th Hussars.
Scan credits Kenneth duBois MacLaren.
Slaps credits Kenneth duBois MacLaren.