Rank Badge Rules
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon Jun 15 16:11:34 1998
Officially, Boy Scout RANK BADGES with blue and with white
backgrounds for Sea Scouting and with a green background for
Exploring were discontinued in 1965.
Boy Scout rank badges with the tan background are not to be
worn on either on the Sea Scout or the Explorer uniform.
However, since we are a non-military organization, there is
no death penalty for violating the RULES!!! <VBG>
The Sea Scouts in the various ships in Sinnissippi Squadron
wear the optional metal Boy Scout Rank pins over the port
(left) pocket of their dress uniforms. We only order the
metal pins when we fill out the advancement sheets. Just
have your skipper remember to check the correct box on the
order blank found on the reverse of the "ADVANCEMENT REPORT"
Form No. 34403. The pins for each rank follow the cloth
ones. The BSA Supply numbers are the following: Scout # 414,
Tenderfoot #10, Second Class #14, First Class #17, Star #
92, and Life No. 91. These are NOT the miniature "Mother's
pins. These are the original, old, very attractive full
sized medals. They well predate cloth badges.
TRIVIA: There is a reason why the Life number is out
of sequence. Anyone know why?
Our own squadron rule is no Boy Scout badges below Eagle
are to be worn after the boys turn 18.
Youth Awards such as Arrow of Light, Religious, Eagle,
G.O.L.D., Quartermaster, etc. with the proper matching blue
or white background may be worn by all Sea Scouts on their
blue and white dress uniforms.