Wearing the Wood Badge Tokens
following guidelines were instituted by the World Organization
of the Scout Movement (WOSM) that has been approved by the
World Scout Conference (WSC), which consist of the representative
from each National Scout Organization (NSO) from each WOSM-member
nation. These NSO agreed to disseminate this information.
The Wood Badge refers
to the two wooden beads on a length of boot-lace worn around
the neck of the wood badge holder. Sometimes, the wood badge
may come with three or four beads in total for Assistant
Leader Trainers and Leader Trainers respectively. All these,
regardless of the the number of beads, are collectively called
the wood badge.
Tradition dictates that the wood badge
may be worn with any official uniform of the movement or
nation that is formal in nature. This includes the Type-A,
the Safari uniform worn by Scout Executives and Board Members,
the Barong Taglog, and Coat-and-Tie. It should only
be worn during Scouting functions.
If worn with the Type-A
the lace are worn under the neckerchief from the back (or
collar if wearing a necktie), and above-and-centered on
the neckerchief (or necktie) from the front. If worn with
Barong Tagalog, Safari,
or Coat-and-Tie it
is worn under the collar from the back, and above-and-centered
from the front.
The wood badge is worn on top of any other
awards placed on the uniform.
When a neckerchief is warranted,
only the wood badge neckerchief or the official BSP adult
leader neckerchief may be worn with the wood badge. The
wood badge turks head (woggle) is the only neckerchief-slide
permitted to be worn with the wood badge regardless of the
neckerchief. When someone refers to the Wood Badge regalia,
it refers to the entire set: the Wood Badge, the scarf (not
the BSP leader neckerchief), and the woogle.
During Wood Badge training, I have seen
staff members wear their Wood Badge regalia over their Type-B.
Wood Badge Neckerchief
This is the neckerchief with the
swatch of the MacLaren
Tartan on the neckerchief apex.
The neckerchief is worn as an option and
the wood badge holder may use the official BSP adult leader
neckerchief in its place. However, tradition dictates that
the wood badge neckerchief is worn at any formal Scouting
occasion such as Courts of Honor, District or Council.
The neckerchief may
not be worn by itself.
It should always be worn as part of the regalia.
Therefore, the neckerchief may not be worn in cases when
the wood badge itself cannot be worn.