RE: insignia placement
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Mon, 22 Mar 1993 20:14:06 CST
This is a *easy one*, Nathan!
The TRAINED strip (which, to educate those not familiar with it, is
designed for YOUTH AND ADULTS to wear to signify the completion of the BASIC
course for the position that they hold) is worn directly BELOW the position
patch and ABOVE (for you Commissioners and Professionals out there) the
Commissioners' Arrowhead Honor patch.
On the short-sleeved shirt, the patch is worn generally so the bottom of the
patch is against (or over) the seam of the sleeve. There may be a little more
space above that, but on most adult shirts it seems to go there almost by
default. On the long-sleeved shirt, it is worn with the top edge touching
the edge of the position patch.
Please note, that when you are NO LONGER in that position and hold another
(for example, you were Council OA Lodge Advisor and am now Sectional OA
Advisor), the TRAINED strip comes OFF until you are trained in the new
position. Then, it goes back on below the position patch again.
Yeah, yeah...its a pain because some positions, especially for youth members
(like Instructor and Bugler) there's no "official" training for. Also
remember, that we are NOT talking the "Fast Start" training...we are talking
the BASIC training for whatever position (and there's even courses for the
Council Executive Board members) you currently hold.
Professionals are supposed to wear the TRAINED strip upon completion of NEI
I, II and III (but few do). Paraprofessionals are supposed to wear it upon
completion of the Regional Paraprofessional course or similar course
administered on a Regional or Regional Area basis.
(historical note: the TRAINED strip was first used in 1943, to signify those
Scoutmasters that completed the Scoutmaster course offered by the BSA. This
was the first time the BSA attempted to standarize training by its key
volunteer. In the sixtees, there were two "trained" strips (white on red for
Boy Scouting and Exploring leaders; gold on blue for Cub leaders). In 1973,
with the "improved Scouting program", a new program was instituted to get
primary and supporting leaders trained. A fully-embrodered position patch was
presented (and a card given to purchase more, if needed) to the leader
upon successful completion of the basic course. You could tell at a glance
if the person was trained by the full-color (and Mylar-threaded) patches.
This was great, until it was "discovered" that more leaders were collecting
the patches than was being trained, and that the increased cost of producing
these patches led to them being thown out (literally!) and the smaller
fully-embrodered TRAINED strip coming into use to replace it! ]
I am still looking for a Mylar-threaded District Executive or Associate DE
Patch (District Executive Staff). Personal reasons.....
Mike L. Walton
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City