Re: Merit Badge Sashes (was Re: Campfire blankets)
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 24 May 1993 10:49:31 EDT
> On Fri, 21 May 1993 18:30:08 CDT Settummanque, the blackeagle said:
> --deleting a bit--
> >Since 1990, the backside of the merit badge sash could be used to
> >display old insignia from the Scout. I think it's a little tacky,
> >smacks of "copying" from the Girl Scouts (whom has allowed this
> >practice from the start!) and telling the Scout that unlike me and
> >several other hundred Scouts, you cannot get enough merit badges to
> >go down one side and up the other...so just fill it with whatever
> Since no boy starts out with enough to fill both sides of the sash I think
> it is very appropriate to make full use of both sides. Wouldn't it be great
> to have to take off the temporaries because you had earned so many merit
> badges that you didn't have room to display them. Maybe the Girl Scouts
> were the smart ones to begin with. As for copying, I'm looking
> for truly "original" items in the BSA program. What I see is a lot of
> copying and just a few modifications so it isn't outright plagiarism.
> As I read it, CSPs should not be placed on the back of the merit badge sash,
> only temporary patches would fall into this category??
If a scout puts the merit badges on the sash in groups of 3 across, I really
doubt they would need to put merit badges on the back. 'Course you always have
the scouts whose mothers put them on the sash 2 across when there is room for
3, or alternate rows of 3 & 2.
They can also put the Venture/Varsity Letter on the sash as well, down on the
The only patches that go on the back are the temporary insignia (camp, camporee,
scout show, ie anything that would go on the right pocket). No CSPs, rank
or office insignia, and so forth.
An interesting idea for the merit badge sash would be to put a button whole at
the top so that it could be buttoned to the epelet (sp?) button. This would
keep it from sliding off and remove the need that some have of putting the
sash under the epaulet loop.
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