Re: Service Stars et. al.
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 21:23:43 -0400
At 04:12 PM 6/24/97 -0400, Don, Liz & Matt wrote:
>I do have the Insignia guide in front of me. It reads as follows:
>"Blue background, No. 5298,
>Scouter service, above left pocket."
>Nowhere in the BSA Insignia guide does it say anything to refute that
>with an "Oh By The Way" you can use it for your youth time also.
>I have always learned that the way Russ wears his is the only way.
>Mike has sent to me two references to say otherwise. One is, in my
>opinion quite ambiguous and the other is from a September 1972
>_Scouting_ in "News Briefs": That one seems clear but is from a
>Yes I find the Magazine a little less official than the insignia guide.
If you have the Insignia Guide in front of you, look at the notes at the end
of the service star section. It is on the top of page 40 in the 1995 printing:
"Notes: 1. . . .The stars are worn with the appropriate color background for
the phase of Scouting the service was rendered. If an individual's primary
registration is in one phase of Scouting and later in another, separate
stars with the appropriate background and numerals may be worn
simultaneously. [Russ' method] Or, leaders may combine youth and adult
tenure into one or two stars with blue background. [Mike's method]"
It seems clear to me that there is an option. How do you interpret the note
any other way?
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City