Re: Palms and Shoulder Loops
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Tue, 26 Mar 1996 08:29:58 -0600
(I KNEW this question would come up eventually!! *hehehee*)
Greg Benesh asked:
>Regarding the question about the order of Eagle palms >(Bronze, Gold,
Silver): why are the district/council shoulder >loops silver, and the
region/national loops gold?
A bit of Scouting "lore", Greg....
When the "Improved Scouting program" came into being in
1972/73, the BSA wanted to visually recognize those Scouters
occupying key roles. Hence, they devised a color scheme which would
visually allow ANYONE to instantly recognize at what level and what position
a person is occupying in the program without lettering....and to allow those
outside the program to instantly recognize Scouters in key positions with
the addition of lettering which describes the position held.
SILVER was chosen to denote the key person (Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, later
Explorer Advisor; District Chairmen, Council, Area, Regional Presidents, the
National President; the District, Council and later National Commissioner;
and District, Council and Chief Scout Executives) in a role.
GOLD was chosen to denote people SUPPORTING the key
person (Assistants/Associates/staff members at the unit, District, Council,
Area, Regional and National levels).
BRONZE was chosen to denote people on LAY COMMITTEES at those same levels.
BLUE was chosen to denote people performing SPECIAL ROLES within Scouting
(for instance, Chaplains and adult
Chaplain Aides, Physicians, the old Women's Reserve).
WHITE was chosen to denote people performing KEY RELATIONSHIP roles within
Scouting (Junior Assistant Scoutmasters are one example; Scouter Reserve
members are another).
These colors appeared as the border color of the position patches as well as
the color of the lettering within the patches.
The color of the background also denotes the LEVEL in which the position is
DARK BLUE - Cub Scouting
LIGHT GREEN - Boy Scouting
RED - Exploring
LIGHT BLUE - District/Council
LIGHT RED - Commissioners/Professionals
DARK GREEN - Area
MAROON - Regional
PURPLE - National
WHITE - Various levels
So, looking a person with a patch with a silver border and
light green background, you can tell that this person is a key person at the
Boy Scout level.
So, the shoulder loops are an outward "emphasis" on where the BSA says the
"program lies" at: the Council/District level, with those on all other
levels SUPPORTING the volunteer and professional members at the
We want to make sure that everyone knows that those serving at the local
Council level are MOST IMPORTANT to the success of Scouting and everyone
else is here to support that importance.
Hope that helps out, Greg (and others wondering why!). It's too bad the BSA
is abandoning their color scheme....it made for a distinctive set of patches
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