More Square Knots
David McCullough (Mccecolsys@AOL.COM)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 03:52:05 -0500
OK Square Knot history buffs, at the risk of boring everyone to tears, here's
a little more on some square knots.
When I wrote my earlier posting, I had completely forgotten about one of our
earlier branches of Scouting and it's top awards. Hopefully I will get it
right this time. (This may be a little long winded, but bear with me,
Baden-Powell announced the Sea Scouting program in 1910 (in England), and a
Sea Scouting program started in the U.S. by 1912. The Sea Scouting Service
became the Senior Scouting Service in 1935. Air Scouting was established in
1941, as interest increased due to WWII.
In the Exploring Scouts (1942-1949), one branch of Senior Scouts, the top
award (which is analagous to the Eagle) was Explorer Scout Ranger. There
were two knots for this: one on green, and the other on khaki. (I don't
know what the rope color was, but possibly it was red, white, and blue).
In Air Scouts / Air Explorers (1942-1949), another branch of Senior Scouts,
the top award was Air Scout Ace / Air Explorer Ace. There were knots for
these as well, but I don't know what they looked like. (Possibly the same as
Ranger, but again, I'm not sure).
In Sea Scouts / Sea Explorers, the third branch of Senior Scouts, the top
award was Sea Explorer Quartermaster. The knots for this are blue and white,
In 1949, the Exploring Scouts became Explorers, and the top award was the
Explorer Silver Award. There were two different ribbon types with the
Explorer Silver Award (one was red/yellow, and the other was red/white/blue).
The square knots reflected this with one being blue with red and yellow
strands, and the other being red, white, and blue.
The Explorer program was revised again in 1959 to add a much wider range of
activities, and was a lot closer to what we know today as Explorers.
It would make my year if we had any Rangers, Aces, or Quartermasters on
Scouts-L who would be willing to come on and tell the group about what they
did to earn their award. The number of Rangers and Aces would be exceedingly
small and chances would be against it, but you never know...
(Incidently, my interest in this comes not from collecting knots or Exploring
items, but from my being in a Troop, a Ship, and two Explorer Posts while
Sorry about the excess wind
Eagle Class of 1980
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City