Re: Trained patch
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Tue, 29 Oct 1991 15:12:00 EDT
Here they ALL are....Its too bad that all of that work in developing
such a simplistic scheme went out the window when we switched Chief Scout
Executives...(enough on that for now...)
Dark blue........Cub Scouting
Light Green......Boy Scouting
Brown............Exploring (and I've only seen three of those!)
Red..............Commissioners and Pre-professionals
Light Blue.......District/Council volunteers
Dark Green.......Area volunteers
red, white and blue...Chief Scout Executive and deputy, National President
(and until recently, National Commissioner)
White............special volunteers (and there were only five: Physicans,
Chaplains, Chaplain Aides, Scouter Reserve and Women's Reserve)
The Roundtable/Commisssioners/Professionals wreath also indicated what
program area they worked in..for example, a Commissioner working in
or with Exploring units had a brown embrodered center behind the Scout
emblem and encompassing the wreath....or a national professional would
wear a patch with a red background except for the area around the wreath,
which would be red, white and blue. With the addition of the Varsity
units, which used to have a fully embrodered patch with a white background,
most of these have remained the same until National had a change in thought
patterns and went back to the "subdued" or "blend-in" patches...
(which I think looks stupid and detracts from the appearance!!!)
The border of the patches were also color-coded for easy identification:
Silver were the primary leaders
Gold (yellow) were the secondary leaders
Bronze were the lay committees and boards...
White were special volunteers (and the only ones were college Scouters and
Junior Assistant Scoutmasters)
Red were used as the exploring leadership color
and red, White and Blue were used on the International Commissioner's patch.
A word about the fully embrodered "trained" patches and a request: First
the request. I am looking for a fully embrodered Scoutmaster patch (circa
1973-79) If you have one, please contact me at 606-622-2508 or BSAWALTON@EKU.
I loved the fully embrodered patches!! It made those that took the training
(first Cornerstone...then basic training....) stand out (more importantly,
it eliminated one less patch to wear (that stupid trained strip).
We first started wearing those strips in the late 50s...there were two
versions. One with a blue background and yellow lettering for Cub Scouting
leaders; the other with a red background and white lettering for Boy Scouting
leaders. We got rid of those with the "improved Scouting program" in 1973
by offering fully embrodered versions of leadership patches for volunteers--
and professionals (most professionals kept the patch and don't wear it.
Including me...I have someplace a fully embrordered Paraprofessional patch.
It looks sharp...too sharp to wear!***)
I wished that we used those things instead of trashing them like we have don
e so many other things....it was more than a status symbol (the "stated
reason" why we lost them....it was getting so that EVERYONE wanted to be
a key Scouter so that they too, can wear the fully embrodered patch...but
at the same time, it increased the number of trained Scouters in most Councils!)
Well...enough pages for now.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City