Re: Den Chief Patch/Cords
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Fri, 20 Aug 1993 18:37:24 CDT
Jim Sleezer <JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET> writes:
>A question was raised at roundtable last night re the Den Chief patch vs
>the Den Chief cord. My guess was that a den chief may choose to wear
And you're exactly CORRECT, Jim!
>Patch would be worn on left sleeve as badge of office. Cords would be
>worn on left shoulder. But, does he get to wear both at the same time.
The cord was designed originally to be the only "external" item to
link Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting...and therefore, would be the most
approviate to wear. However, the patch is designed so that
non-members as well as his fellow Troop or Post or Team members may
recognize his role as "ambassador to the Cub Scouting program" from
So, the answer is...both if the Scout wishes to, but either is also
acceptable for wear.
When the Scout/Explorer recieves the Den Chief Service Cord, it
becomes a permanent part of his uniform until he turns 18. It is a
visible reminder of his contributions to Cub Scouting and reminds him
of the times he's had with his Den and Pack. The Den Chief Service
Cord, a red/white/blue cord (which replaces the shoulder "epulet" pin
because of the present uniform) is also worn over the left shoulder.
>Seems to me that a den chief might also hold another troop office so he
>would wear the badge for that office and wear the cords to be recognized
>as a den chief. But, if he held no other office would he wear both??
Scouts should hold ONE job at a time so that they can get the best
out of the job and so that others can have a chance to hold a
leadership position in the unit.
>I didn't find anything in my copy of the insignia guide to clarify this.
>Does anyone have an 'official' statement?
Nope, but I'll pass on all of the comments here to the new Insignia
guru, whom I am sure will appreciate the reminder that "there are some
grey areas still, and there needs to be a further clarification" (in
other words, "Oops! We forgot about that!"
>BTW, we discouraged wearing cords in summer camp except ceremonial
>occasions. They were a pain in the arm in the woods!
The cords are designed for wear and tear, and should be worn during
Den and Pack meetings, during Troop meetings and Courts of Honor and
anytime contact with Cub Scouts are possible...it is one of those "gee
whiz (or nowadays, "Dude!") things that Cub Scouts look up to...not
the cord per se, but the person wearing the cord that comes to work
I agree that they should stay at home when the Troop or Post goes
I couldn't find any reference to how the cords should be worn anywhere
here, so I applied some "professional common sense" to this reply. If
anyone has a better answer, *please* let us all know!!!
Settummanque!@HEY! I love easy answers!
Mike L. Walton
former Den Chief and WEBELOS Den Chief
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