Learn to Tie a Woggle

This page is dedicated to helping you learn to tie a 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, aged 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 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 machine 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 reference to the idea of having become very popular among Scouts who had been quick to imitate the fashion set by the 1st
Gilwell Park Scout Troop (i.e.: Wood Badge holders).

We are using the Woggle as a tool to encourage the Boy's to learn the Scout Oath & Law ahead of the transition in the next program year. 



YouTube Video



Woggle.pdf


oldWOGGLE.pdf


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Craig Ficik,
Oct 28, 2014, 8:40 AM
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Craig Ficik,
Oct 28, 2014, 8:40 AM
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