What is a Gilwell Reunion


Lord Baden-Powell organised and ran the first training course for Scouters at Gilwell Park in England in 1919. At the end of the course, to celebrate the fellowship of Scouting, he invested the Scouters as members of the 1st Gilwell Park Troop by presenting them with two each from a set of Zulu beads he had recieved as a gift when he was in Africa. The tradition has continued to this day around the world.

Today, Scouters who complete their Wood Badge Training receive the "Gilwell" Scarf and a leather thong containing two wooden beads. These are the mark of an individual who has invested the time needed to complete the training.

Each year, Gilwell Reunions are held as an opportunity for those who have completed their Woodbadge (aka Gilwellians) to meet together again.   These Reunions are planned for and by Gilwellians. 

In Ontario, one of these annual reunions takes place at Blue Springs Scout Reserve and all Gilwellians are invited to attend. Blue Springs Scout Reserve is located just west of the town of Acton. The first Ontario reunion of Gilwellians was held at Blue Springs in 1952 in Ebor Park. The Gilwell weekend has grown annually in attendance and currently has almost 1200 participants.

Gilwellians are invited to attend the Ontario Gilwell Reunion to:

  • Meet again with others that were on their Woodbadge training course
  • Discover new program ideas
  • Renew that spark in preparation for a new year of Scouting

Perhaps the best reasons to attend the Reunion can be summed up in the song written by Ralph Reader so many years ago:   In my Dreams, I'm Going Back to Gilwell

In my dreams I'm going back to Gilwell,
To the joys and the happiness I found
On those grand week-ends
With my dear old friends and see the training ground.
Oh the grass is greener back in Gilwell,
And I breathe again that Scouting air,
While in memory, I see B.P.
Who never will be far from there.

Hope we will see you at the Reunion ....


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2013 Log n Beads available for Download


A .pdf version of the Log n Beads has been uploaded and is available to be downloaded.  Visit the Archive section in the Download Area or click on the following link:  2013 Final Edition of the Log n Beads



Dear Fellow Gilwellians:

            One of our biggest goals each year is to increase our registration numbers and each year we think we have. The problem lies in the fact that we are aware that there are many Gilwellians who do attend, but thru unknown reason forget to register. They are then not counted in! We see this happen every year. Perhaps with all of the excitement of the weekend, it’s simply an oversight… and I’d like to think so.

            This year our committee has decided to return to our wrist band policy in an effort to ensure that every Gilwellian in attendance is counted in. You may think this is a lot of work to account for the missed few but you’d be surprised at the number we suspect are not registering. And as you know, our costs continue to increase so there is the lost revenue to be concerned with.

            So this year “BAND YOUR BEADS!”…No need to put your wrist band on your wrist…simply attach them to your beads! That way all will see that, YES, you are a “beaded” Gilwellian and YES you’ve registered!

            Our registration team will be mailing out the wrist bands to the contingent registrars for all who have pre-registered in the coming weeks so they may get them to their members. All others will receive them at Registration on arrival Friday and Saturday of Reunion weekend.

            See you in September!


Yours in Scouting!

Dave Malcolm

2013 Gilwell Reunion Committee Chair

Gilwell Reunion Registration Spreadsheet 2013 - revised


Early submissions have revealed a couple of minor errors on the spreadsheet, plus the need for clarification when you’re recording contingent members orders on the Individuals spreadsheet.

The updated spreadsheet is attached, and I have asked it to be posted to the web site.

Please note that if, for example, you are ordering a mug (at $5.00) for a member, then you only put a 1 (numerical one) in the box, signifying one mug; or 2 if that individual is ordering two mugs. Do not put the dollar value (i.e. $5.00) as this corrupts the spreadsheet.

If you do find the spreadsheet difficult to use and would prefer just to use just a summary page, please let me know and I will provide.

Kindest Regards,Scouter Stewart


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