Re: World Badge
Bruce Ward (Bruce.Ward@SMTPGWY.AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Wed, 10 May 1995 11:56:24 EST
I was interested to read Mike's posting about the world badge. I
suspect we are losing a lot of the symbolism in Scouting, which the
founder used to emphasize important points.
Mike said about the design of the badge:
The patch has always had the same design. The
patch is one-inch in diameter, in the same two
colors. The design is the international
fleur-de-lis (flower of the lily), with two stars
symbolizing "truth" and "knowledge" and alluding
to the outdoor nature of Scouting, surrounded by a
rope symbolic of unity and one-ness tied at the
bottom by a square knot, a symbol of service.
Those white items are on a deep purple (not
maroon, but royal purple) background.
My understanding is that the symbol is certainly very similar to the
fleur-de-lis, but is in fact an arrowhead. BP's explanation of this
was that the sign points the way ahead.
I also have heard some additional symbolic links, that are often told
to new Scouts at investiture, to ram home some of the key elements of
1. The symbol is an arrowhead, pointing the way ahead.
2. The three points represent the three parts of our promise.
3. Each star has five points, and together, these stand for the
ten Scout Laws.
4. The square knot (reef knot) symbolizes the bond of international
Scouting, and will not come undone, unless you undo it.
How much of this is local interpretation is hard to say, but I for one
will be adding the bits from Mike's version to my investiture yarn.
In Australia, the World Badge is worn in the centre of the left hand
pocket, over the heart.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City