Re: Community strips
Ernest R. Spradling (102736.1372@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 22 Mar 1996 00:00:43 EST
On Wed, 20 Mar 1996 15:11:44 EST "Mark A. Michalski"
>> Community strips have been not allowed on uniforms since 1978.
>> I would, however, love to know just how long we have had council
>> strips. The reason
The Red & White Council Strips came into use in the 1950's for District
and Council Scouters. They were then put into general use for all Scouts
and Scouters by 1965. They were then replaced by the Council Shoulder
Patch (CSP) that we have today.
I am semi-aware of a council in upstate New York that still uses the Council
Strips because they have not been able to agree on a design.
By 1976, all Councils were supposed to have their CSP designs made.
National forced this by refusing to carry the Council Strips. Apparently
they did the same thing with the Community/State Strips.
I once heard about a collector who decided he would assemble a
complete collection of Community and State Strips. The State Strips
were easy - only about 48 or so, with only a few dozen in all different
colors. but the Community Strips were another matter - heard he quit
after 14,000 different names, and still coming up with new ones! If he
had that kind of trouble, imagine the headaches at National Supply!
AFAIK, National made the local councils do bulk orders, requiring them
to stock them locally.
Then there are the Council Half Strips that are the same size and shape
as the Community Strips. Again, these were for non-unit personnel.
>From what I understand anything that was authorized on the uniform
>is still authorized to wear. (Question can you combine some old
>features on a newer uniform?)
I have seen it done, but IMHBCO, it looks kinda crappy. That's why I wear
a Central Ohio Council Strip on my Dress Khaki shirt, because it's mostly
backdated to 1969. Simon Kenton Council did not exist then, and I have not
yet had a repro Council Strip made. Someday...
>I have seen some units going back to Community/State strips here
>in the Metro Detroit area.
Must be some form of "rebellion" against the homogenization of Scouting
on the Council level.
I saw a Sea Scout Ship in Boca Raton, FL wearing Community & State
Strips on WHITE Sea Scout uniforms. The strips are a single piece of
cloth, and they have rolled edges. Must have cost a bundle for those.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Arrowhead District Simon Kenton Council
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