Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 21 May 1993 09:36:41 CST
In Minnesota, I had a campfire blanket that told my Scouting history. It
included all of the insignia from when I was first put in a uniform--about
age one. My parents were both active--dad as a SM and mom as a Den Mother.
I attended my first camporee (as a visitor) before I was a year old. Dad
saved patches from all those camporees until I was old enough to appreciate
them and they became the beginning of my collection. As a Cub I got
patches from the Council Jamborees (now called Scout-O-Ramas) and Cub Hobby
Shows (yes, we had a separate event just for Cubs). As a Scout, there was
summer camp, camporees, special events, and training events. Since all
of the time was spent in one community, I had only three community strips--
one in blue and gold, one in red and khaki, one in red and white. The only
patches that went on the blanket were ones where I had been (either as a
participant or visitor). Over the course of several moves, the blanket has
disappeared and in OKlahoma, it never gets cold enough to need one. I have
since expanded my collections to include CSPs and am considering a collection
of "personalized" catalog standards much as one would collect precancelled
stamps! However, these will never be worn (either on a vest or a blanket).
Guess I really ought to get one of those notebooks!
My point in all of this--and my personal opinion only--is that you should not
"wear" what you have not earned. A patch vest with patches for which the
wearer has traded doesn't seem appropriate. I do enjoy seeing a person's
Scouting history (but no badges of rank) on a vest. Just my thoughts!
BTW, I was surprised to note in the insignia guide that the back of the
merit badge sash is an appropriate place to display previously earned
temporary patches. Is this recent or have I just avoided that section of
the guide for a long time?? I always remember it as MBs only.
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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