Re: recruiter patch
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 06:53:36 -0500
Kathie is correct...that's what the Insignia Guide says:
>According to the Insignia Control and our adult uniform inspection sheets
>(the recruiter strip IS shown on the boys' inspection sheets)--- the
>recruiter patch is for Cub Scout and Boy Scouts. It is not even shown as
>part of the Explorer program, no less adults.
>Therefore, if as Mike states, adults can wear the patch, please site the
The reference, Kathie, is in that same book, on either page 5 or 7:
"Local Councils can (and has done) create or authorize insignia to be worn
by *its members* in accordance with national programs or special emphasis."
Many Councils, for YEARS, have authorized the "round-up" or "recruiter"
strips, or patches (or in the case of Transatlantic and Far East Councils,
to be worn by ADULT MEMBERS whom recruit another ADULT to his or
her unit or to serve within the Council.
They don't get it for recruiting a Scout or Explorer....rather for an adult.
This is the same reference that allows a local Council, combining "strings"
the authority to wear a strip reading various languages, or even the proposed
"Webmaster" position patch. It used to be that in doing so, the CE had to send
a copy of the proposed emblem, patch, neckerchief, etc. to the National Uniform
and Insignia Committee, but after so many special emblems and patches were sent
to that committee, the workload for the volunteers was so great that finally
delegated it downward to each Council Scout Executive to decide what emblem(s)
they would use in connection with NATIONAL programs and emphasis areas.
National has made it easier for the Council without artistic talent by
generic patches for several programs, which is where the "Recruiter" strip comes
from...but that DOES NOT STOP a local Council from producing a patch for
their recruitment efforts (as Councils like your own as well as Louisville,
Baltimore and lots others do), and issuing requirements on how adults as well
as youth members may obtain a patch or segment or strip.
Those requirements are usually presented within your Council's newsletter or
bulletin, or published and handed out as a flyer to Scouters during Roundtables
and other events.
And of course, any temporary patches created must contain one of the BSA's
"indicia" and be no larger than the dimensions of the uniform pocket.
Generally, if one Council recognizes it, all the others will...but that's
in all cases. I had one Council Scout Executive to question my "75th
Achievement Award" strip that TAC made available and sold in addition to the
3" generic BSA patch...when I told him where I got it from, he simply
that "That was in THAT Council, and you're now registered here...so you'll
take it off", which I did.
Good thing I wasn't stationed THERE too long, huh?? *hehehehee*
So, the "operative answer" in this case is "Yes, but to be sure, check with your
Council office. They may have some restriction on who in their Council may
wear the strip".
As Hugh pointed out earlier regarding the Guide, the booklet itself is a act of
extreme compromise....what they have done in many cases, is to poll local
and asked them "what are you doing with this patch, emblem, etc."? Unless the
emblem belongs specificially to a program area, lots of times they can be worn
by members of other program areas. A good example of this would be trail
which are not covered at all in the Insignia Guide, but as we all know, a
an Explorer both participating in that same trail can and have worn the same
medal on their uniform shirts. Another good example would be Jamboree emblems,
worn not only by Scouts and Scouters, but also by Explorers too (even though it
doesn't say so in the Insignia Guide).
Also remember, Kathie, that Explorers *don't neccessarily have to wear the
field uniform*, whereby many of these patches and items would be normally
In those cases, each Explorer Post or Ship should come up with a location
that "makes sense" and which is consistant with what would be worn on a
Sorry for the late reply....things have been really busy here!
(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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