RE: CSPs and REPRO
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 26 Aug 1992 11:07:22 CDT
Thanks for the repro hint.
Since 1964, local Councils have had the option of doing one or the other for
its members. It ended in 1973 with the mandatory issuance of the first run
of the Council Shoulder Patch (CSP).
OPTION ONE was the issuance of city and state strips to all UNIT members
while all COUNCIL and DISTRICT Scouters wore the red and white Council strips
that identified the name of the Council and the State in which it was located.
Some Councils, located in more than one state had several Council red/whites
with the name of the Council (for example, the Lonesome Pine Council where
I worked at years ago had both "Kentucky" and "Virginia" on the bottom of
their red/whites)and the name of the other state or country (as in the TAC
Council strip collection....there are about 23 of those out there, including
a rare TAC-berlin and a TAC-Russia).
OPTION TWO was the issuance of Council strips for EVERYONE in the local Council
no matter where in the Council you lived. This was really great as many local
Councils complained to National Supply about the stocking of several hundred
city strips for all localities within the Council boundaries. This made
patch collecting in those cases really great, because the more red/white
strips are there, the more your chances are getting one.
It was a shame when I found out what happened to all of the Old Kentucky Home
Council's old red and white strips that were returned to national supply when
the OKHC created their CSP. They at National threw them away in a landfill
outside of Charlotte, North Carolina (the BSA's Eastern Distribution Center
was located there). That is the same thing that happened to all of the ALL
OUT FOR SCOUTING! materials and the old Exploring Red/Blue flags. (I wanted
those really bad too!)
Not yet on my wall here, but at the old apartment was a set of the Old Kentucky
Home Council's strips, starting with a old city and state strip from my home
town, a Council strip I wore as a member of the District Committee, a older
version of the first Council strips made, and a current CSP. In the center,
is the precursor to the CSP, the COUNCIL PATCH which was worn by Council
volunteers to identify them as members of the local Council.
Can someone tell me about the versions of the National Council CSPs that
were available? I have one of the latest versions...this one dates back to
1977 and simply states "National Council Boy Scouts of America". I understand
that there were three versions...one stating "staff", another one stating
"visitor" and the blank one that I have.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City