Cub Scout Sports and Academic Pins
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 09:31:54 -0400
Deirdre LaRock asked about Cub Scout Sports and Academic
pins on the red patch vest.
My understanding is that the Insignia Guide specifies that S&A
pins are to be worn on the patch vest, or on "civilian wear."
Further, the patch vest is to be worn only on special occasions
such as the B&G Banquet, and not to routine pack and den
OK, let's see... A scout spends a few hours dabbling in a sport
or academic subject, and earns a beltloop, which he can wear
on his uniform belt. The beltloop is thus a proper uniform device.
That same scout then dedicates himself to working 30 hours on
that same sport or academic subject, and earns a pin which
cannot be worn on the uniform, but can only be worn on "civilian
wear." The pin, apparently, is not a proper uniform device.
So the scout works (roughly) 10 times harder for the device he can't
wear to most scout functions and activities.
Where's the sense in that?
In Pack 1570 (sorry, purists), red patch vests are an optional
part of the uniform, and scouts are encouraged to wear them,
over their uniform shirt, to any scout event they please. The
S&A pins are proper uniform devices and are worn on the Cub
We don't think the BSA policy spelled out in the Insignia Guide
makes any sense, especially given that Webelos Scouts are
entitled to wear their activity badges on their caps. Why should
Wolves/Bears be treated any differently, regarding their S&A
pins? Sounds like hypocrisy to me.
So Deidre, do what you think makes sense. And don't worry
about what you are "supposed to" do. You are supposed to do
your best to build the character of the boys in your pack. Period.
Den Leader Coach
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City