Re: Merit badge sashes
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 1 Jul 1997 09:47:37 -0500
Beth asked about merit badges; some Scout is bringing his merit badge sash
to the Jamboree to show off his 59 merit badges (a great achievement).
Most Scouts earn somewhere between 25 and 40 merit badges before "burning
out" of the process or before turning 18.
>Where would you put all of these
>badges? I know that that many won't fit on the front of the sash, so do
>you continue them around to the back, start from the top of the back of
>the sash when the front is full, or what?
When I was a Scout, Beth, I started out with my merit badges three across on
a light green (khaki) merit badge sash. When I became an Explorer, I traded
it the khaki for the forest/kelly green sash. For Eagle, I had to earn 24
merit badges. As a Scout or Explorer, I earned 59 (24 for Eagle; 35
additional merit badges. I was only able to earn a Silver and Gold Eagle
palm before turning 18, even though I had enough merit badges to have two
Silver and a Bronze palm).
The merit badges went down the sash and continued at the TOP of the back of
the sash and went a little less than halfway down the sash (the sash was
small because I was (and still am) a kinda small guy; today's sashes are
larger and longer, so your son *might* be able to get them all the way down
to the point before having to start on the backside).
MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THEM TO DRY CLEAN the sash!! I had a friend of mine
whose mother assumed that everything Scouting-like would work in the washer;
the merit badges didn't all survive the washing process. It's a small price
to pay for a really sharp-looking sash that he doesn't wear all of the time
The merit badge sash, if you asked the National Supply Division, was
designed so that ALL of the current merit badges and a couple of the past
ones would fit using the front and backside of the sash.
Hope that helps out!
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