Special Insignia on Uniforms (Exploring)
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 21:41:43 -0400
I thought for sure that I would be able to resist the
temptation to comment on uniforms and pins, but a recent
comment makes me jump up.
"Funny how explorers (BSA people) can wear them as part
of their own designed uniform as EMS squads or police posts!"
Kevin S. Woods
1. The issues of allowing adults (and youth for that matter)
to wear patches/pins from other organizations on their
(specifically EMT's and other people with special
My answer: As an Exploring Executive I take great
pains to explain to one and all that Explorers are granted
the right by the nature of their program to design a "uniform
identity." Many (actually almost all) Explorer Post have
chosen a specialty to base their activities around. To show
to the world that each Explorer post has a unique program
unlike any other post they are allowed to develop a uniform.
Exploring is different from Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting and
they have different uniforming regulations. In Summary: Exploring
is not as "uniform" as the other programs.
If any unit so chooses they can select a national
uniform (Sea Exploring or Explorer Dark Green.) If they so
choose they must follow policies in regard to what patches go
where. As you could imagine, Sea Exploring has strict
insignia requirements. EMT, Fire, Police and Medical Patches
worn my Explorers identify their Chartering Organization much
more often than what level of skill they have attained. On
national supply division uniforms an Explorer or adult has
two locations with flexibility, the right arm (in place of
where Boy Scouts have patrol patches, and the right pocket -
temporary insignia. Any insignia outside of those locations
is just as "illegal" as if a any other member of the BSA had
In a real world emergency I would imagine that anyone
with the needed skills would speak up an identify themselves.
At many of the events I have had the opportunity to attend
EMT's had been given a way to be identified that fit into
the Scouting uniform (A special orange hat, a neckerchief
with red cross), or usually they where the guys carrying
around the really big "fishing tackle" box with the red cross
on it. <grin>.
Mike McDonald | Exploring Executive &
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| Mohegan Council, Worcester, MA
| Boy Scouts of America
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