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Our Cubmaster has completed his wood badge requirements and has his beading ceremony next month. Is it appropriate to give a small gift from my scout to celebrate his achievement?

He enjoys history and historical places so I was thinking of hunting him down an old cub scout book or book of old camp photos.

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10 minutes ago, PinkPajamas said:

Our Cubmaster has completed his wood badge requirements and has his beading ceremony next month. Is it appropriate to give a small gift from my scout to celebrate his achievement?

He enjoys history and historical places so I was thinking of hunting him down an old cub scout book or book of old camp photos.

That sounds fine. I don't think Gifts are typical for completing Wood Badge, but if it's something small I don't think it'd be inappropriate or awkward. 

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I would concur with @Sentinel947.  In our area, gifts are not typical nor expected for completing Wood Badge. But, if you'd like to present a small gift, I'm sure it would be meaningful to your Cubmaster. 

I have a Fieldbook presented to me as a gift by the den leader where I was a den chief as a Scout.  A different situation - I grant you.  But, it's something that sits on my bookshelf to this day and is meaningful to me.

 

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We woodbadge earners are fairly simple folk. The favorite memento from my crew for my beading ceremony was a picture with the first and only venturer in my crew to earn a bronze award.

Even if you get him a book, I'm sure your CM would like a picture of him with your scouts as a bookmark!

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12 hours ago, qwazse said:

Even if you get him a book, I'm sure your CM would like a picture of him with your scouts as a bookmark!

I knew the wise Owls (Foxes,Buffalos,Beavers...) would have a better idea. I have a photograph of his daughter and my daughter in their Bobcat paint that I know he likes, a framed copy would make a more personal token gift. :D

 

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The Beading Ceremony should be enough of a "present"  present.  I like the idea of an antique(!) Cub book and photo bookmark, but if it were me, I would present it privately, after the ceremony. 

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I made custom patrol patches for the rest of my WB patrol using our patrol totem, but that's a specific sort of thing.

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Can you give humility?  That may help some in the WB world.

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51 minutes ago, Jameson76 said:

Can you give humility?  That may help some in the WB world.

That does seem to be in short supply these days. Wood Badger or not.

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Anything with their patrol critter is great.  I've seen their "ticket" framed beside their woodbadge completion certificate.  Tasteful gag gifts are good too.  The BSA has a myriad of WB items that would be great.   

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My preference to give and to receive is a donation to the council's scholarship fund for Wood Badge / NYLT.  Possibly the best gift possible in my mind - helping others to learn and grow. 

 

 

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