The Leather Thong

The other important part of the Wood Badge, apart from the beads, is the leather thong itself.  Baden-Powell was originally given one during the course of the Siege of Mafeking in 1899/1900 when things were not going too well. An elderly man met him and asked him about his unusually depressed appearance. Then the man took the leather thong that he had been wearing from around his neck and placed it in B-P’s hand.  ‘Wear this,’ he said. ‘My mother gave it to me for luck. Now it will bring you luck.’ So from these two souvenirs of his military career in Africa, the leather thong from an old man at Mafeking and from Dinizulu’s necklace, B-P fashioned what is now known all over the world as the Wood Badge.

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