RE: Patch Police
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 20 Nov 1992 13:19:05 CST
You know, Jim, the policy *used* to be that way....BSA got smart
because as opposed to the small, square, no-designed Honor Unit
patches (and the silly stars on the light blue before that, can
anyone else remember that??), they opted to design this "Q" patch
for unit, district and Council wear (didn't know that there are
Quality District and Council patches, did you?? Most Councils don't
know that either, and BSA is hopping mad...more later on that).
The original plan was for TWO quality emblems to be worn...one of the
unit and one of the District or Council. BSA modified that after
seeing guys like the guy with QU patches (and honor unit and national
presidents' honor unit) patches down the right side of his shoulder
sleeve...and instructed Councils and later gave guidance that ONLY ONE
QUALITY Emblem is to be worn. This is either the Quality Unit emblem
or (if the Council or District earned Quality District/Council) the
Quality District or Quality Council for A PARTICULAR YEAR (for
instance: I am the Scoutmaster of a Quality Unit for 1992 and a
member of a Quality Council for 1991. I would be able to wear BOTH
until the NEXT TIME that either unit or Council/District or both
became Quality "certified" (for lack of a better term) again, to which
I switch the old for the new ones.
You can see how screwy *that* could be (the thing with the year pins
should be enough of an example!), so the BSA printed in _Scouting_
Boy's Life and _Exploring Journal_ (and in ProSpeak) that only ONE
QUALITY EMBLEM MAY BE WORN AT A TIME ON THE FIELD UNIFORM. (They did
not remind local Councils that they could issue Quality Council or
District patches out to those members that earned them).
Ever wonder what happens to all of those patches?? Dipsy Dumpster!
Instead of giving us a "quality unit" patch each year, they should
give us ONE patch with a "Q" in the center and tell us that this is
worn if your unit EVER WAS a QUALITY UNIT. One patch...one time.
If your unit earned Quality Unit again, it should get a streamer and
The thrill goes away after the first time, because you know that you
can do it. The challenge comes in setting the standards higher so
that you can attain something of more importance. I feel the BSA has
forgotten this, as we are all still striving to meet goals (which
change but not enough to make it a challenge) each year for the same
small piece of cloth (ok, so it says 1992 instead of 1991...and its
blue instead of green...its the same patch!).
In the past, Exploring units had to meet certain qualifications to
become "local standard" (meet, do something), "regional standard
(meet, do something and have a great superactivity) and "national
standard" (meet, do something, have a great superactivity and
participate in an national or regional Exploring event). They got to
wear this thing for two years and then had to start all over again,
NOT using the previous qualifications to earn the new ones.
We could do the same with Scouting units blanketwide....create a local
standard, regional standard and national standard awards program that
all units can strive for...and make it so the holders would NOT be
eligible for the same award twice in a row.
Sounds fair. Sounds nice. Hey, anyone have a pen and piece of
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