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Gilwell, What is it?

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  Woodbadge Training are given 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 Wood Badge 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 reunion of Gilwellians was held at Blue Springs in 1952 in Ebor Park. The Gilwell weekend has grown annually in attendance and now has almost 1400 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


For more information about Kroy Acenes and Gilwell Reunion, please contact Richard Rolland (