Re: Wearing the World Crest
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 22 May 1995 16:50:14 PDT
<Settumanque's prose edited for brevity>
>Today, there are two groups of Scouters and Scouts that are wearing
>the World Crest, and you can tell the difference between the two. The
>older ones, wearing World Crest patches which are off-purple and
>fading, or silkscreened World Crest emblems EARNED them (as I did) by
>participating in an International activity or event sometime until
>1989. Everyone else is wearing cloth World Crests, which are dark
>blue or dark purple, as a sign of "world brotherhood". More than
>three-quarters of them don't even know WHY they had to purchase the
>patch let alone why wear it on the left shoulder above the pocket and
>three inches below the seam (or epulet).
>(end included text)
In fact, there is a third group of us. We wear the new World Crest. Most of
us did our Scouting 'way out in the boondocks and didn't know we were
allowed to wear the World Crest. In my case, the Transatlantic Council (TAC)
office was about 1200 miles (2000 kilometers) away from Naval Station Rota in
Spain. We got most of our patches mailed from Scouting friends stateside. The
exception was the TAC patch worn on the left shoulder. Our District Executive
never let us know that we _could_ wear the World Crest.
Thus, I did not purchase one until 1986, after I had returned from almost four
years of overseas duty and learned that I was eligible to do so.
As a side issue, we had to set up and staff our own summer camp at a Spanish
government-owned youth camp. We leased it from June 15th to June 30th every
and we had to vacate the camp by midnight on June 30th, because school let out
(for the Spanish kids) on July 1st. The camp then ran full until about September
We didn't have access to Camp Freedom, the council headquarters, and the other
things that those of you in Germany took for granted. Then there was my friend
on the island of Crete who was Lone Cub and Lone Scout Friend and Counselor for
three American Cub Scouts and two American Boy Scouts. He would have been
have the few Scouting assets we had in Spain. Come to think about it, they were
also unaware that they were eligible to wear the World Crest.
As Dr. Einstein said, it's all relative.....
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris, email@example.com
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Ventura County Council (CA), BSA
National Woodbadge 416, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City