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  • The Axe and Log totem originated when Frances Gidney, the first Camp Chief of

    Gilwell wanted a special ―logo‖ to denote Gilwell Park as opposed to Scout Head-

    quarters. Gidney wanted to be sure that although Gilwell was part of Scout Headquar-

    ters, it was quite different and much more associated with the outdoors and the wood-

    craft side of Scouting rather than the business side. He therefore adopted the symbol

    for useon all leader training publications and letterhead. Gidney‘s leader courses al-

    ways featured a great deal of practical activity and axes were very prominent. Great

    emphasis was placed on safety. Tools and axes were always expected to be ―masked‖

    by burying the blade in a log. Hence, there were examples of axes properly masked

    all over the training camp and they clearly struck a chord with Gidney as an ideal

    symbol to denote all that the training courses stood for. Francis Gidney was the first

    Camp Chief of Gilwell during the first Wood Badge course in 1919. He was known

    for his axe throwing exhibitions and his training course in axe-

    manship. Gidney also came up with the idea for the Gilwell

    ―necker‖ (neckerchief) with the MacLaren Tartan patch.

    Explain during Guide during times of

    times of forming Norming (rising

    (High enthusiasm, enthusiasm,

    low skills) growing skills)

    Demonstrate Enable during times of

    during Times performing (high

    of storming enthusiasm, high skills)

    (low enthusiasm,

    Low skills)

    R E M I N D E R S

    “If you make

    listening and

    observation your

    occupation, you

    will gain much

    more than you

    can by talk”

    -Baden Powell

    I N S I D E T H I S

    I S S U E :

    News 1

    Rocket Boys 2

    Woodbadge Swag 3

    Meet the Staff 4

    Patrol News 5

    Patrol News 6

    Day 4 Schedule 7

    W 4 - 5 1 - 1 1 - 1

    The Gilwell Gazette

    March 5, 2011 Volume 1 Issue 4

    leading edgeTM & Teaching edgeTM

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    The axe and log

  • All of the Rocket Boys went on to graduate from college, something not likely in pre-Sputnik

    West Virginia. Roy Lee worked his way through college, became a banker, and traveled the world.

    After serving in the Air Force and graduating from college, Odell went into insurance and farming.

    Quentin became an engineer and now lives in Amarillo, Texas. Homer became a NASA manager

    at Marshall Space Flight Center, Werner von Braun's old headquarters. Homer's brother, Jim

    Hickam, became a high school teacher and head football coach in Roanoke, Virginia. Elsie

    Hickam went after her dream and moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Miss Riley ranked first

    in the high school graduating class in Coalwood in 1955 and first in her class at Concord College

    in 1959. She returned to Coalwood and taught for 10 years before her death in 1969. "As a teacher,

    Miss Riley impressed and inspired her students-―The greatest tribute that we can give is to emulate

    the principles by which she lived: a deep faith in God, the courage to face difficulties, a sincere

    concern for others, the unselfish quality to give of herself, a respect for knowledge, and the desire

    for excellence‖— The Big Creek High School yearbook, 1970 Homer's father stayed in the mines

    until he retired at age 65, and continued as a mine consultant for several years after that. In 1989

    he died of suffocation caused by "black lung" disease from his many years in the mines. Homer

    Hadley Hickam Jr. was born on February 19, 1943, in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated

    from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)

    in 1964 with a B.S. in industrial engineering. A U.S. Army veteran, Hickam served in Vietnam

    from 1967 to 1968 for which he was awarded the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals.

    He served six years on active duty and left the service with the rank of captain. For 10 years he

    was employed as an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command. He began employment with

    the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Marshall Space Flight Center in

    1981 as an aerospace engineer. During his long NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in propulsion,

    spacecraft design, and crew training. His specialties included training astronauts on science pay-

    loads and extravehicular activities (EVA). He trained crews for many Spacelab and space shuttle

    missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission and the first two Hubble re-

    pair missions, to name just a few. He retired in February 1998. Mr. Hickam published his first

    book, a military history bestseller called Torpedo Junction, in 1989. His second book, Rocket

    Boys, was published by Delacorte in 1998.The paperback version of the book was No. 1 on The

    NewYorkTimes bestseller list for three weeks and stayed on the list for 16

    weeks. It has been translated into eight languages and also has been re-

    leased as an audio and an electronic book. Rocket Boys was selected by The

    NewYorkTimes as one of its Great Books of 1998 and also was nominated

    by the National Book Critics Circle as Best Biography for that year. Since

    Rocket Boys, Mr. Hickam published several books, including Back to the

    Moon in 1999, The Coalwood Way in 2000, and The Keeper's Son in 2003.

    Homer Hickam is married to Linda Terry Hickann, a jewelry designer,

    photographer, and his first editor and critic. They have four cats and live in

    Huntsville, Alabama—"Rocket City," USA.

    About the "Real" Rocket Boys and Others in the Story

    P a g e 2 T h e G i l w e l l G a z e t t e


    S c o u t m a s t e r ‘ s M i n u t e

    P a g e 3 V o l u m e 1 I s s u e 4

    As many of you have discovered, our troop neckerchief has other uses besides looking good. You found that it can be used in first aid. Over the next few months, you'll find that the neckerchief has other uses, too. There's one use, though, that you may not think of - and that's to remind you of the Scout Oath. The neckerchief is a triangle, and its' three corners should remind you of something you newer scouts recently learned - our Scout Oath. The Oath, you remember, has three corners, too - duty to God and country, duty to Others, and duty to Self. Every time you put on your neckerchief, it should remind you of the things you pledge each time you repeat the Scout Oath.

    The Woodbadge Neckerchief William de Bois MacLaren, a Scottish businessman and the District Commissioner of

    Rossneath, paid 7,000 pounds in 1919 to buy Gilwell Park, a 55-acre estate on the edge of

    Epping Forest, London, as a training center for Scouters and as a camp site for Scouts. He

    also paid another 3,000 pounds to help put the White House into good repair, as the

    place had been abandoned for the previous 14 years and was virtually derelict. When Gil-

    well Park was officially opened on July 26, 1919 Mrs. MacLaren cut ribbons in Scout

    colors (Green and yellow) that were hung across the doorway to the White House to mark

    the opening. Baden-Powell then presented MacLaren with the Silver Wolf as a sign of the great debt that the

    Movement owed to him. Not much more is known about MacLaren. He died in 1921. The Wood Badge neck-

    erchief is presented along with the woggle and beads upon successful completion of Wood Badge. A patch of

    the MacLeran tartan is worn on the point of the scarf to honor MacLeran and his contributions to the Scouting

    Movement and Gilwell.

    The Woggle In the early days of the Scout Movement in Great Britain, the Scout scarf used to be tied

    loose knot at the neck and naturally became very creased. However it was known the

    Americans were experimenting by using a ring made from bone, rope or wood to keep

    their scarves together. Bill Shankley, age 18 and one of two permanent camp site

    employees at Gilwell Park, had the job of running the workshop and coming up with ideas

    for camping equipment. He found out about the American rings and decided to try and go one better. After

    various attempts with different materials he finally made a two-strand Turks Head knot, adopted in the days of

    sailing ships when seamen developed decorative forms of rope work as a hobby, made from thin sewing ma-

    chine leather belting. He submitted this to the Camp Chief and, no doubt, the Chief Scout, for approval and

    had it accepted. The American rings were called ‗Boon Doggles‘, most probably because they were made of

    bone, and the name was a skit on ‗dog bones‘. To rhyme with ‗Boon Doggle‘, Shankley called his creation a

    ‗Woggle‘. An article in The Scout on 9th June 1923 by ‗Gilcraft‘, called ‗Wear a scarf woggle‘ made refer-

    ence to the idea of having become very popular among Scouts.

  • Meet Your Staff P a g e 4 T h e G i l w e l l G a z e t t e

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