Wed, 25 May 1994 19:40:06 EDT
Well, I got home. Let's see what we have in my handy-dandy Scouting Library,
meager as it may be... :)
Handbook for Scoutmasters, 1947 4th ed, 11th printing 1957: nothing on knots,
but Scouter's Key and Training Awards are there (p 485). nothing on how to
wear them. Turns out I was wrong on this reference - that's what i get for
trying memory recall when suffering from CRS :)
Scoutmaster's Handbook, 5th ed, 8th printing 1966: page 517:
How To Wear Awards
The decorations or awards listed should be worn in line. Not more than five
medals or embroidered square knots shall be worn at one time. <stuff deleted>
Awards are worn from the wearer's right to left in the following order:
<stuff deleted - may send in some other file if interest is there>
Uniform, Badges and Insignia 1933 ed - no such thing as ribbon bars or knots
in those days, but the Scouter's Key existed, similar to today's version, but
the Training Award is radically different: solid green ribbon, the "A" is a
"V". No Silver Antelope listed; Honor Medal but no Medal of Merit.
Official Uniforms and Insignia - Explorers volume - October 15, 1956 - pg 31
- no numerical limit that I could find, but there was an order of precedence.
Scouter's Key or Training Award (only one).
Official Uniforms and Insignia - Cub Scouting volume - September 15, 1959 -
pg 14 and Boy Scouting volume - April 15, 1960 - pg 22 - (b) Not more than
five medals or embroidered square knots shall be worn at one time. The
person entitled to such decorations may choose which he shall wear. Order of
precedence for all awards and knots present. Scouter's Key or Training Award
Official Uniforms and Insignia - 1966 - pg 41- Not more than five medals or
embroidered square knots shall be worn at one time _and not more than one of
these can be a pilgrimage or historic trails medal.The person entitled to
such decorations may choose which he shall wear. Order of precedence for all
awards and knots present. Scouter's Key or Training Award (only one). Nice
diagram on wearing knot insignia, military service ribbons and service stars
simultaneously (no limit on number of military ribbon bars).
Official Uniforms and Insignia - 1973 - pg 37 Not more than five medals,
one trail medal, NRA medal is now out, only one religious award, only one
military medal, ALL knots earned may be worn, order of precedence listed.
Scouter's Key or Training Award may be worn together if both earned.
Insignia Control Guide - 1978 - p 28 covers knots. Still no more than 5
medals, all knots earned may be worn. Military insignia went by wayside
(under "Badges From Other Organizations" clause).
Insignia Control Guide - 1980 - p 28 covers knots. Still no more than 5
medals, all knots earned may be worn. Precedence at discretion of wearer.
Insignia Control Guide - 1988 - military insignia specifically prohibited in
Same for subsequent editions, except for proliferation of awards.
What they don't tell you is that the pendant awards, e.g., Silver critters,
George Meany, Adult Religious, Cub Leader Recognition, etc, has no limit on
number worn (probably limited only by ability of wearer to carry all that
metal - wouldn't want to try to go through airport secuity :))
The intent of the five medal limitation is to keep the gongs from ringing too
much, also to keep from looking like a military uniform.
Gee, that was a fun challenge. Thanks, folks.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream
Council(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237 Eagle Scout (1971)Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo
#457)(Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
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I "used" to be an Owl... (SR-5).
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