Re: Palms and Shoulder Loops
Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 18:58:40 -0600
Interesting post (as always) and I am sure you were sitting next to your PC
waiting to answer this one.
At 08:29 AM 3/26/96 -0600, you wrote:
>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.
My old brain (and my old trunk of old uniforms and patches) recalls that the
old "unimproved" Scouting program was kinder to the illiterate. The patches
in the sixties and before did not indicate the "title" or position in
writing .. they used colors. The color scheme of 1971-1972 followed these
patterns. My SM patch was green with silver borders, ASM - gold, JASM --
Cub Leader patches were the same. The pre-1960 Explorer leader patches
(before they went to the little strip names) were similar (red with silver
or gold) (Not certain on that one). I seem to recall that district, council
and national patches followed this scheme using much the same colors as in
1971-2. (I would not bet anything substantial on that -- but as to the SM
and ASM, I have both from the mid-sixties).
Do you remember what we called the "glow in the dark" SM and ASM patches.
These were the mylar version presented when you finished "Cornerstone"
training. They were really nice. I fondly remember being the first on my
block -- actually, the first in my Council, to earn this delightful emblem.
Your posts continue to brighten my evenings and I always learn something
new, interesting, or just fun.
Yours in Scouting,
Sam Houston Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City