Wood Badge Patrol Names

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The Patrol Names used in the Wood Badge for the 21st Century are:

Names used in prior National Courses included:


Nowadays there are no patrols in the Wood Badge Course. But earlier they used to be Toros (Bulls), Chorlitos (Curlews), Lobos (Wolves), Cuervos (Crows).


Pecker, Cuckoo, Pigeon, Owl, Raven, Bull, Curlew and Wolf.


A course may use the original patrol names eg Owls, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Pigeons, Curlews and Ravens OR they may use the Australian Scout patrol names for courses other than Cub Scouts. The Australian names are Albatross, Dingo, Eagle, Emu, Falcon, Frilled Lizard, Hawk, Kangaroo, Kingfisher, Koala, Kookaburra, Lyrebird, Magpie, Owl, Panther, Parrot,Penguin Platypus, Possum, Quokka, Rosella, Red Back Spider, Scorpion, Seagull, Seal, Tasmanian Tiger, Wallaby and Wombat.


The patrols in order are: Jaguars, Jabirus (stork), Tapirs, Parrots, Manatees, Toucans, Howlers (monkey) and Gibnuts (rodent).


Each state has its traditions. The following information is from Rio de Janeiro State. Scout Patrols has the names of Rio de Janeiro's animals as: touros (bulls), corujas (owls), raposas (foxes), cobras (snakes), guaxinim (racoons), morcegos (bats) and gavião (hawks). There also was an Eagle (águia) patrol in 1991. In Senior Scout courses the name of mountains in Serra dos Órgãos are used: Pedra do Sino (Bell's Rock), Dedo de Deus (Finger of God), Nariz do Frade ( Priest's Nose) and Itacolomi.


Bear, Octopus, Crow, Deer, Owl, and Fox. From a particularely Wood Badge Course for the scout section, the patrols where encouraged to find unusual names: Flying Frogs, Eagles and Red Hot Jalapenos. In 1987 at Blue Springs Scout Reserve a course had the "Wood Badgers" and "the Red Measles patrol." Another course used a theme "country" and the patrols decided on Sunkissed Kids, Harper Mountains Hillbillies, Tumbleweeds and The Rustlers. From Quebec a Blackfoot patrol is known. A case of a patrol with chinese members is known as the Dragons. In a recently finished course the patrols chose the names themselves: The Holy Grails, The Mighty Ducks, The Originals, and The Roadrunners. In a previous course the patrols also choosed their own name, the three patrols where Screaming Bats, Snowy Owls and Roadkill. From another modern course the patrols called themselves Jailbirds and Ewoks (wonder why...)


Currently the following names are used: Ravens, Owls, Curlews, Falcons, Cuckoos, Pigeons, Woodpeckers and Bulls. In the years 1927-1937 Ravens, Pigeons, Woodpeckers, Bulls and Owls where used. In 1982 Wood Badge became for scout leaders as well as cub scout leaders. From the Cub Scout Wood Badge courses, the use of colours to identify the patrols where adapted, but afterwards the current names took ower.


The patrols are, in this order (or reverse!): Käki (Cuckoo), Sorsa (Mallard), Varis (Crow), Närhi (Jay) and Pöllö (Owl).


A "Cat Patrol" is known.


Owl, Cuckoo, Pigeon, Raven, and Woodpecker.


The patrols are, in order of seniority, Fukuro (owls), Kakko (cuckoos), Kiji (pheasants) and Washi (eagles). From another source a Tiger patrol is observed.


Woodpeckers and Tigers are known for sure.


A Bobwhite from 1982 is known.


Owl, Woodpecker, Pigeon, Cuckoo.


In the section of the cubs the patrols are white, brown, yellow and green. For the troops the names depends on the team.


The patrol names are not part of a established tradition. Names used for sure includes Cobra, Lions and Kingfisher.


A Squirrel patrol is known.


Most of the scout associations uses Ugglan (Ow), Duvan (Pigeon), Gök (Cuckoo), Hackspett (Woodpecker) and korp (Raven). Also Curlew are used. But a case is also known of Bee, Bumblebee, Wasp, Mosquito, The Flame, The Smoke.


Two situations observed: Letting the patrols make their names themselves or the use of numbers only to identify the patrols.


Numbers are used to identify patrols.


Currently patrols are not used during the Wood Badge Training. Earlier traditional patrol names where used, for instance in 1948 the following: Bulldogs, Eagles, Curlews and Ravens. Also known is Wood Pidgeon.