Re: Neckerchiefs or Scarves
Bruce Ward (Bruce.Ward@SMTPGWY.AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Thu, 27 Jul 1995 09:21:46 EST
I have read some of the discussion on the wearing of scarves, and
would like to add an international flavour to this so far BSA oriented
Here in Australia, the scarf is arguably one of the most important
parts of the uniform. Hat and scarf are often used as a basic uniform
with everyday clothes.
Each Scout Group has a distinctive scarf. Different coloured cloth is
used, with coloured stripes on the edge. This makes it very easy to
identify where everyone comes from. I see a number of very positive
elements to this arrangement:
1. The common scarf gives a feeling of belonging to the various
sections (Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders) in a
2. The Scouts are quite prepared to wear the scarf, and in fact there
is some trading in scarves at major activities such as jamborees.
3. The traditional and symbolic ties with the early days in scouting
are important. While today's scarves are rarely big enough to serve as
a triangular bandage etc., they are very useful as blindfolds or team
identifiers for games.
4. Its nice to be able to see where somebody comes from at district or
The scarves certainly add colour to the uniform, and a big assembly of
Scouts all wearing their local colours, look great.
Major events such as Jamborees, often strike a special scarf, which
adds that feeling of belonging to all those who wear it. Gang Show
also have a special red scarf.
In our District, there are six Scout Groups, who all share a maroon
scarf. Each Group has a different stripe on the maroon base, ours
being gold, and others being green, blue, green & gold etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City