Re: Patch for SCOUTS-L List & Webmaster Scout Patch
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 12:55:06 -0500
About the WEBMASTER insignia:
>Anyone have a design in mind??
I have TWO designs in mind, and because I've been putting out "fires" here
and because one of those "fires" involve a scanner, a production scheldue
which includes the distribution of the Command Bulletin TOMORROW (as in
and me without a CHEAP source to scan all of these photos for this month's
...Scouting has been on the back burner yesterday and last night and all day
Here's a description and I hope to have these things scanned and up
folks not equipped with "visual imagetry" (can't imagine what I'm saying in
other words) can see what I'm describing.
DESIGN "A" (my personal favorite) is a three-inch circular patch, with a
BLUE border similiar to those of the Chaplain, Physician, Reserve, and
Chaplain Aide patches. The background is white also like those other
patches. Unlike most of those patches, however, the Universal Emblem is NOT
in the center. A "input manipulation device, which looks similar to the
ones manufactured by Microsoft" (a mouse with
a short cord) is in the center, in blue. Under the mouse are two sets of
in yellow coming outward making a "yellow X" under the mouse. The wording
"Webmaster" appears at the bottom of the patch also in blue.
I had to think long and hard on why I chose a mouse to be the center emblem
instead of a keyboard, computer screen or even CPU. First, Webmasters use a
variety of machines, and singling out a "Mac" or a "PC" is not fair to those
Webmasters out there that are making great pages with their favorite
platform. Second, while it is true that many pages are created by keyboard
input, the Webmaster not only creates the
pages, but also maintains and searches out additional references...for this,
he or she
uses a mouse or another pointing device. A computer screen makes the
position patch look like the person is a TV repairman instead of a part of
the Council, District or unit
program. The lighting bolts only refer to the age-old traditional role that
electronics and communications has played.
The Scribe has a quill pen, the Quartermaster has the key (traditionally),
Librarian has the book. The Den Chief has the Cub Scout emblem. The
Webmaster has the mouse.
Why on the white background instead of the tan? Traditionally, roles like
the Chaplain, Physician and Scouter Reserve members can be found at the
Council, District and unit levels, so the patch has a white background as a
"catch all" level
indicator, as well as to emphasis the fact that this man or woman is an
special resource. The blue background indicates "special Scouters at the
local Council, District or unit level" according to the old BSA "color
DESIGN "B" is also a three-inch patch, except that this has a tan background
and border and a green set of seven lightning bolts all crisscrossing behind
Universal emblem in full color, with the lettering in green "Webmaster" at
The lightning bolts are in a star design which when you see it, looks
a web except for the cross-strands, with the BSA's emblem in the center
other position patches. Seven lightning bolts are there because web
activity takes place every day, not just on the day set aside for Scouting.
The traditional khakitan is used as with most other Scouting patches.
I hope that you folks can visulize those two designs...Hey BigEd, you're
more than welcome to use either or both....just please send me one of the
patches if you use one
of the designs! I'm really glad that you've decided to take this up...and
please let me know about the INTERNET Interpreter strips!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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