Re: Hat "brushes"
Jim Carter - HCI Project (hci@SKDAD.USASK.CA)
Wed, 20 Jul 1994 13:19:14 -0600
Various countries still use leaders hat plumes to denote position in
Scouting leadership. (e.g. Australia currently uses ones with plastic
rather than metal bases). Canada ended using them in 1968. Until then the
basic composition was a metal base plus usually only one color of bristle
(however multi-color combinations of bristles were in use earlier).
There were three bases:
The main colors were:
Assistant Leader: red bristle
Leader: green bristle
District Scouter: white bristle
Commissioner: purple bristle (always worn with Scout base)
Additionally the Deputy Chief Scout of Canada prior to 1968 wore a Scout base
with red, green, and yellow bristles (representing the three original sections
of Rovers, Scouts, and Cubs respectively)
There was also a set of four Sea Scout Leader Hat badges (one per color).
In England and Australia use(d) the same color coding but introduced a
yellow bristle for Group level Service Scouters.
Various people have spare plumes, but I'm all out. "Fair market value" is
about $25 for a metal based Cub or Scout Leader or Assistant Leader plume.
*** With this reply I signoff for about a month of vacation. ***
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City