Re: Interlink 94 (Why are British Scout badges so drab)
Mike D Tester (mike@MIKET.DEMON.CO.UK)
Mon, 10 Oct 1994 08:46:20 -0600
Interlink 94, (The joint Scout Camp for Scouts from Surrey and the
BSA Scouts in the U.K.), was with out any question a great success
and I hope it repeated next year.
One of most common questions raised by both Scouts and leaders of the
BSA and Surrey was "why are British Badges so small and drab
(boring)?", certainly after talking to my Troop members, who thought
that BSA badges were the best thing since sliced bread, they would
much prefer wearing larger more colourful badges than the on we have
It was very noticeable at the Badge swapping session, on Saturday
night just how prized the BSA badges were, as my Troop members tried
franticly to swap their badges with our Brothers (a sorry, we are
not aloud to say that any more over here), I mean friends of the BSA.
When we were all in uniform, my Scouts I felt quite bare, they
commented and asked why we could could not have such colourful
badges?. A question I could not easily answer. I know from my own
point of view, standing along side a 11 year old BSA tenderfoot,
bristling with badges, and me a Scouter for some 20 years, and almost
badgeless, just how boring my uniform must have looked to a small
My Scouts and fellow Scouters from other Troops were envious about
the BSA badges, would much prefer wearing simular badges. After all
the are such works of art.
Perhaps brighting up the British uniform badges would make our Scouts,
try harder to achieve them, a little more proud to wear Scout
unform in public.
Scout Leader 7th Leatherhead Scout Troop. England
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