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Q: old boy scout song lyrics ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: old boy scout song lyrics
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: osobehr-ga
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Posted: 12 Mar 2004 18:49 PST
Expires: 11 Apr 2004 19:49 PDT
Question ID: 316185
old song:
"Back to Gilmore, happy land. He's going to buy his ticket if he can,"
Subject: Re: old boy scout song lyrics
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 12 Mar 2004 19:03 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear osobehr-ga;

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting
question. Here are the lyrics to the scout campfire song ?BACK TO
GILLWELL HAPPY LAND? from the Wood Badge Song Book:

I used to be a Beaver, and a good old old Beaver too.
But now I've finished Beavering, I don't know what to do.
I'm growing old and feeble, and I can Beaver no more,
So I'm going to work my ticket if I can.

Back to Gillwell, happy land;
I'm going to work my ticket if I can.

You should insert your own patrol name, where appropriate, using the
full name - even though Buffaloing or Anteloping (or whatever) may
seem awkward at first?example:

I used to be a Pigeon, and a good old Pigeon too, 
But now I've finished pigeoning I don't know what to do, etc,, 

I used to be a Raven, and a good old Raven too, 
But now I've finished ravening, I don't know what to do, etc,, 

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Subject: Re: old boy scout song lyrics
From: jintorcio-ga on 23 Jul 2004 07:41 PDT
There's a bit more to this song...

It's used as part of "Wood Badge" training for Boy Scout leaders. It
refers back to Gilwell Field, a clearing on an estate outside of
London called Gilwell Park where, in 1919, Sir Robert Baden-Powell
began training Scouters. Today, wherever a Wood Badge training course
is held, an area is designated as Gilwell Field - a virtual link to
the original.

The concept of "working the ticket" comes from the fact that, at that
time, military men were expected to pay their own way home after being
discharged from service. To make the journey cost less, soldiers would
look for transfers to locations closer and closer to home as they
neared the end of their service - this was know as "working your

In today's training courses, participants leave with a list of
"tickets" or assignments to be done to complete their training. They
"work their ticket" back to Gilwell.

This song is taught at all Wood Badge training classes worldwide. The
order of patrols is significant - there are standards for them in each
country. In the US, they go: Beavers, Bobwhites, Eagles, Foxes, Owls,
Bears, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Ravens, Crows, Wolves, Hawks, Carsons,
Bridgers, Clarks, Boones, and "Staffers" - those teaching the course.

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