Re: The Bobcat
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 11 Nov 1993 10:23:55 CST
On Thu, 11 Nov 1993 09:50:32 -0500 Robert M. Gross said:
>It may not say that in the literature now, but I think it does on older books.
>It's never been a requirement that I know of, just a tradition dating from
>the days when Scouts had metal rank pins for wearing on "civilian"
>clothes. The tradition was to put the pin on upside down each day, until
>you had done your Good Turn, the give the badge a "Good Turn."
I have seen a reference to pinning a tenderfoot badge on upside down and
turning it over when you have done a good turn. I do not recall ever seeing
a reference to pinning a bobcat badge on upside down--I suspect it is a
part of the "Jr. Scout" program ;-) As I recall, the only badge intended
for "civilian" wear by the boy was the old round bobcat pin which was, at one
time, only worn on civilian clothing. After you got the bobcat, you could get
your uniform but not wear the pin on it! (Heavily violated regulation!)
I do not recall seeing anywhere in the literature that a boy should be turned
upside down when he got his bobcat (or tenderfoot). In fact, I never saw it
happen until three years ago. It took me by surprise -- seemed rather
disruptive since they stopped everything to bring out a couple of gym mats in
case someone got dropped -- then they had to put them away (while the audience
I prefer to give the cub (or scout) a "Cub Coin." Start with it in your left
pocket each morning. When you do a good turn, move it to the right pocket.
That's where it should be each night!! That seems to me to be a more enduring
way to reinforce the good turn concept.
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