Re: Incorrect Uniforms
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 21 Jul 1994 21:53:35 -0400
Your message prompted me to go through my library and look at what I could
find on the subject of knots. Here's what I found:
20 years ago BSA issued a booklet called "Official Uniforms and Insignia."
It was a predecessor to the Insignia Control Guide of latter years. In
the 1974 guide, it explicitly states that a Scout Leader could wear as
many knots as earned. The Insignia Control Guides and Scoutmaster
Handbooks that I have (covering almost every year between 1974 and the
present) simply state that knots are worn in rows of three and don't
impose any limits.
When I sent the message, I was unaware that there had ever been any such
rule put to print. However, your message intrigued me because of your
strong feeling that there had been a rule. Well, I dug a little deeper
onto the back shelves and found that the Scoutmaster Handbook Copyright
1959, 1970 printing, did impose a limit of five knots or medals in clear
language. However in the 1972 Scoutmaster Handbook that limit was removed.
The best I can tell is that the limit disappeared 22 years ago. Maybe
this teaches us that there are a number of folks that remember what they
hear and what is passed down from other respected leaders. As you have
stated they simply don't bother to update themselves. I think that we
want to encourage adult leaders to wear training knots, knots representing
awards earned as a youth, etc. This in turn encourages youth members to
want to earn similar awards. I know that in my son's troop, knots are
extremely coveted by the scouts.
I have to second your advice that we as Scouters must set the example and
that the single authoratative source on uniforming and insignia is the
Insignia Control Guide for the BSA.
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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