Re: Scouts of Canada - Neckers
Jim Carter - HCI Project (hci@CS.USASK.CA)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 10:42:01 -0700
>I had heard a rumor that there was some sort of flap up north in Canada
>over neckerchief colors. Any Canadians know the story?
There is none. Scouts Canada has a "National" neckerchief that groups are
free to use if they wish. It is navy with a gold (mylar thread embroidered)
maple leaf on the point. Last year's price was $5.95 CAN. It is freely
available as opposed to the "National" neckers of times gone by that were
only available to official out of country contingents.
As for Group neckerchiefs, anything goes (except using a woodbadge necker).
Most Canadian Groups have their own (home made) neckers (our Scout Shops
only sell the National necker, as opposed to the various group neckers that
the BSA sells through their Scout Shops). The basic expectation is that
Groups do not use a necker design that is identical in color and stule to
another group within the Region. At one time the various Scout HQ's had
neckerchief registries to help facilitate this. The region I'm in does not
have one and noone can remember when one last existed - even though it's a
commonly expected piece of local fokelore that one exists somewhere.
Now for the exceptions to what I've outlined: (1) There's an outrageously
priced light blue necker for Beavers that national sells - but more and
more groups are going to giving their beavers the group necker instead. (2)
There is no regulation that all members of a section (unit) wear the same
necker - (3) some leaders may wear woodbadge neckers (if they're entitled
to) but some like myself prefer to wear the necker of the section we are
dealing with at the time and reserve our Gilwell neckers for training
occasions. (4) Youth or leaders may also wear neckers from events they have
attended (although there's an unwritten and uninforced one year statute of
limitations in most cases). (5&6) There is also a special necker for a
Scout who acts as a Kim to a Cub pack and for a Cub who acts as a Keo to a
That's about all. There may be flaps over various things in the
organization, but there ain't no flaps over neckers that have reached out
here. Probably any controversy is contained at a local level.
YiS Jim Carter <email@example.com>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City