Re: National Camping School Patch
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 13 Jul 1995 01:24:21 -0400
Let me answer your question and throw in a few other ideas for thought:
The only proper place for you to wear the National Camping School Patch
is on your right pocket in the place for temporary patches - BSA Insignia
Guide. This patch should only be worn during the period when the
certification is valid.
What goes above the pocket? The BSA Insignia Guide sets the rules and
allows the following: BSA Strip, Interpreter Strip, Ventury/Varsity
Strips, Name Plate, and National or World Jamboree Patch (Only one of the
Jamboree patches at a time). This area of the uniform is reserved for
You will probably find a number of folks in the Cub Scout Leader yellow
blouse with all sorts of patches above the BSA Strip, especially if it is
one of the older models without a pocket. This is not technically
proper. However, a little understanding may be in order - in many cases
I think there was a hesitation to put a patch there without a pocket
because of how it looked or how the stitching rubbed, etc. Better
uniforming practice would be to wear the patch in the right place.
This patch definitely doesn't belong on a sleeve. Take a look at your SM
handbook, the Scout's handbook or the insignia guide to see what goes
where on the sleeves. Same goes for the JLT patch.
I've also seen some folks with upwards of 15 Quality Unit/Honor Unit
patches on a sleeve - only one is to be worn.
All this said and done, I think its up to us to set the best example in
our own uniforming and to be a little tolerant with other leaders. If
they need the recognition that way, but are delivering great program I
try to remember that the uniform is only a tool, not a shrine and have
been known to bite my tongue and shake my head later.
At roundtables we try at least once a year to do a uniform session
showing all the wrong things in a humorous way. We usually start off
discussing why we have uniforms and then at the right moment a Scouter
walks in with a uniform that you can't help laughing at!! At least 100
patches bespeak the great glory of this leader and of course none are
located anywhere near where they should be, except by accident. We
challenge the attendees to identify what is wrong and how to fix it.
By using this method, nobody gets personally criticized and hurt and at
the same time the message gets across on how to do it properly. A lot of
uniforms get fixed by the next roundtable. :-))
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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