BSA Insignia Guide & World Crest, etc.
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 18 May 1995 22:56:47 -0400
The ordering number for the BSA Insignia Guide is No. 33064, The ISBN is
The World Crest is No. 00143.
The International Activity Patch is No. 00144.
The reason that the World Crest is not sewn on the uniform at the time of
purchase is that it still is an optional patch. The Insignia Guide states
that it may be worn as an expression of world brotherhood, not that it
must be worn. However, I think it is very important that our Scouts come
to an understanding that they are part of a world movement and should be
encouraged to wear it - same for leaders. Why? Because it furthers the
aim of Scouting. B-P put it thus:
"Its (Scouting's) aim is to produce healthy, happy, helpful citizens, of
both sexes, to eradicate the prevailing narrow self-interest, personal,
political, sectarian and national, and to substitute for it a broader
spirit of self-sacrifice and service in the cause of humanity; and thus to
develop mutual goodwill and co-operation not only within our own country
but abroad, between all countries." From B-P's last message to Brother
Scouters and Guides.
While its important to an extent that the badge be put on the uniform in
the correct location, I think it is much more important that we
communicate to the Scouts why they are wearing the patch as Ian does very
simply with his Troop in London.
The International Activity Patch is the same size as a round position
patch and as John Pannell says is worn on the right pocket (used to be
above the left pocket, but this has changed). The requirements may vary
from Council to Council. National has some guidelines, but each Council
can adapt the requirements to what is available locally. Generally Scouts
accumulate points to earn the award. Points can be earned by qualifying
for the interpreters strip in another language, attending an international
Scouting event, international night/program, writing Scouts in another
country, etc. You will need to consult your local Scout Service Center,
DE or Commissioner for details of the requirements in your own Council.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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