Re: Tote'n'Chip & Firem'n'Chit Patches
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sat, 16 Jul 1994 01:32:06 -0400
Could BSA be in the process of making Tote'n'Chip & Firem'n Chit Patches
Official? The Scout Shop (staffed and operated by the National Supply
Service) at the National Capital Area Council carries not only both
patches, but two different Tote'n'Chip patches -- one with red border and
one with white border. Of course, I had to ask and was informed that the
company making the patches for BSA, yes BSA, had made a mistake, but that
the patches were being sold because of collector interest! The patches
also show the fleur-de-les, which as you know can't legally be used on a
patch without BSA permission. I've seen the same patches for sale in New
Hampshire, San Diego, and in the Midwest over the years. I wonder whether
we may be about to see a change. For those of you who are interested in
buying one to see what it looks like, call the Scout Shop at 301-564-1092.
They accept all major credit cards and do mail orders inside NCAC, so its
worth a try to see if they'll mail to you, as well.
On the more serious side, I have to agree that we must set the example on
uniforming. Unfortunately, I've seen a lot of professionals with patches
set more to whim than the rules in the Insignia Guide, even saw one bright
new ADE with four temporary patches, one on each pocket and one above each
pocket, no CSP, and a name plate on the left side. Oh well. We try to
avoid confrontation and instead use the game of "What's wrong with this
picture" in training and roundtables to develop peer pressure. We bring a
uniform with the most frequent problems we've seen worked into a
hilariously outrageous uniform and ask for help in figuring out what's
wrong and what to do about it. Usually these leaders pass on what they
thought was really funny and the word gets around.
Re: Mike Walton's comment on the knots: He's more than right to be a
little miffed at the "knot shavers". The most recent Insignia Control
Guide and the various leader books all say that the limit is five medals
(no mention of knots being limited) and that knots can be worn in rows of
three. No where does BSA state a limit. In fact, when there was more
room for explainations in the older "Official Uniforms and Insignia"
booklet, BSA specifically stated that a Scouter could where as many knots
as earned with the proviso that the same knot could not be worn twice,
instead the wearer was and is to use the miniture pins to indicate the
program areas where multiples of the same knot have been earned.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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