Re: BSA: simple "knots" question
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 25 Jul 1994 12:25:23 -0400
> A couple of simple questions on "Knots"
> 1) Are there any other knots pictured other than Square and Overhand?
THe Silver World and Sea Badge 'knots' do NOT have knots on them. The Silver
World has a black disk with 3 stars on it (I think). The Sea Badge [a sort
of 'woodbadge for Sea Explorer leaders'] has a trident.
> 2) Does the Square vs Overhand mean anything, i.e. are all overhand knots
> council and all square knots non-council?
The only overhand knot I'm aware of is the District Award of Merit. Why it
used an overhand rather then a square knot I have no idea.
> 3) What is the most common knot ordered. (very different question from
> which knot is earned the most, which I imagine would be Arrow of Light's
> 4) Can a scout wear the Arrow of Light knot on his uniform while a scout
> (as opposed to a scouter)
NO. The scout should were the actual Arrow of Light.
As an aside- some scouters have the impression that scouts can't where ANY
knot. This is not true. Scouts can wear the 'lifesaving award' knots, the
religious award knot, the OA Distiniguished Service Award, and I suppose the
Explorer Achievement Award & Quartermaster Awards knot too (hey, its possible),
and the Hornaday Award knot.
> 5) Is there a single knot meaning "I have earned my religion's awared"
> or are the awards for different relgions represented by different knots
> (in which case it would be practically impossible to earn all of the
> knots. That would mean a scout changing religions about every 4 months,
> not exactly reverent)
There are only 2 religous Award knots. The difference is that one (silver knot
on purple) is for the Youth religious award(s), and another (purple knot on
gray) for the Adult religious awards. Since one can earn youth religious
awards as a tiger cub, cub scout, scout, and explorer/older scout, one could
have different knot devices on the Youth Religious Knot.
There is no difference in the knot (or knot devices) to signify the religion
or denomination you got the award. The awards themselves do that. That's
because the awares are not REALLY BSA awards, but awards of the religions.
The BSA just has this knot to signify this.
Hope this helps.
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