Jim Parnell (parnell_j@KOSMOS.WCC.GOVT.NZ)
Thu, 8 Sep 1994 15:21:18 +1200
King's Scouts in New Zealand.
This is a historical note only. I leave it to one of our Venturer
Scouts to post the current requirements.
Definitions of the terms used are given as numbered footnotes
I gained my King's Scout Award in 1950 and I consider myself to
still be a King's Scout, even although our Queen has been on the
throne for over 40 years. My loyalty to the King has of course
been transferred to the Queen.
Unfortunately, I have no record of the badges that I gained as
a Senior Scout (1) in order to qualify for it. Back in those
days, in order to gain his King's Scout Award, a Senior Scout had
initially to have a First Class Badge (2). Then he would need to
pass about 4 badges related to outdoor proficiency (camping,
pioneering, pathfinding, etc) in order to get his Bushman's thong
(3). The thong, plus another 4 or so badges - some related to
public service (First Aid was obligatory) and others of general
interest - were necessary to complete the Award. For Senior
Scouts in the Sea or Air branches of Scouting, the Seaman Badge
and the Airman's Badge were equivalent to the Bushman's Thong.
The award would normally be presented by a County Commissioner
(4). It comprised a woven fabric badge depicting a crown which
was worn on the left sleeve of the uniform, and a parchment.
Under the Royal Coat of Arms, the inscription on the King's Scout
Parchment read as follows:
"AS A KING'S SCOUT you have prepared yourself for service to God
and your fellow-men, and have shown yourself a worthy member of
the great SCOUT BROTHERHOOD. I wish you God-speed on your journey
through life; may it prove for you a joyous adventure.
(signed) George R.I."
Leaders were not permitted to wear the award if they had gained
it as a Senior Scout. Nor could they gain it as a leader. From
time to time, there was discussion as to whether they should be
allowed to, but for many years it was considered that it was best
if they did not (the self effacing types outnumbered those that
thought that their Scouts would be inspired by their example).
Leaders and Rovers may now wear a small metal replica of the
award (a metal badge depicting a crown).
I started in Cubs in the early 1940s and have been in the
movement virtually continuously for over 50 years. Through
Scouting, I have been able to travel widely, go to a number of
Jamborees in this country and overseas and do many interesting
things. I have held a number of warrants as a Leader, principally
with the Senior Scout/Venturer Scout sections. My present
Scouting job is to promote the Jamborees on the Air in this
1. At that time, Scouts aged from 15 to 18 were in the Senior
Scout section. Senior Scouts were renamed "Venturer Scouts"
and given a revised program in the 1960s. The Queen's Scout
requirements were also updated.
2. The First Class Badge was a general proficiency badge,
involving knowledge of first aid, signalling, map reading,
cooking, fire lighting, tree and bird identification, so
many night's camping, etc. It followed on from the Second
Class badge which covered the same subjects but at a more
3 In New Zealand, "bush" is the same sort of thing as
"forest", or "woods" in other countries. Most of our native
trees, shrubs and other flora are of species not found in
other countries. A "Bushman" is a person who lives and
works in the bush.
The "thong" was of leather. The middle section was of 4
strand plaiting terminated with turk's heads. At one end
was a loop which went round the right shoulder, and a small
loop which secured under the right shirt pocket button was
on the other end.
4. A County extended over a number of Districts. Counties were
long ago replaced by Areas, but not necessarily with the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City