Religious Knot & International Activity Badge
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 19:14:38 -0400
I just decided to combine responses to two threads into one, as both
relate to information from the Insignia Guide of BSA (#33064 I'm
using a 1995 Printing).
First, the youth religious award knot. On page 15 in the section
titled "Religious Emblems for Cub Scouts" and on page 34 in a section
titled "Religious Emblems":
"Religious emblem square knot, cloth, silver knot on purple, no.
05007, youth member or Scouter, above left pocket; cloth, purple knot
on silver, no. 05014, Scouter only, above left pocket. See note on
So I go to page 45....a description of the two knots is given, with
an asterisk indicating the note, which says:
"The miniature device worn with the youth religious emblem square
knot indicates emblem(s) earned as a youth. Wear Cub Scout device,
No. 00926, first-level emblem (God and Me, Maccabee) earned as a
Tiger Cub or Cub Scout; Webelos Scout device, No. 00932, for
second-level emblem (God and Family, Parvuli Dei, Faith in God, Light
of the World, Aleph, etc.) earned as a Webelos Scout; Boy Scout
Device, No. 00927, emblem earned as a Boy Scout; and/or Explorer
device, No. 00930, emblem earned as an Explorer or older Boy Scout or
Varsity Scout. Only one knot is worn, but any combination of devices
may be worn on the same knot."
I suppose we are left to define "older Boy Scout" to determine if he
wears the Explorer device! Much easier to simply tell a Boy Scout to
wear the Boy Scout device, and have the Explorer or Varsity Scout
wear the Explorer device. There is a Varsity Scout device, No. 00928,
which isn't even mentioned with regards to the religious emblem knot!
So we can take from this that a Scout who earns a religious emblem
may wear the youth religious emblem knot on his uniform at any time,
with a device indicating the level he was registered in when he
earned the emblem. There is not a restriction as to not wearing the
device while still in the same level/program area (i.e., A Wolf earns
the emblem, he is able to wear the Cub Scout device while still a
Wolf or Bear, as well as later on). An adult wears the youth knot if
he earned a religious emblem as a youth member, and may wear any
device to indicate all emblems earned in the various programs. The
adult knot is worn ONLY for religious emblems earned while an adult,
and NO device is worn as it may only be earned at the adult level.
Now to the international activity badge. Discussed on page 43 of the
"International: activity patch, No. 00144, Boy Scout and Boy Scout
leader, worn as a temporary patch on right pocket; jacket patch, No.
00145, Boy Scout and Boy Scout leader, centered on back of jacket."
Note that no mention is made of Cub Scouts, Explorers, Varsity
Scouts, their leaders, or of any other Scouter position. Don't know
exactly what that means. I do know that over the years the
International Division of BSA has had different rules governing the
award and wear of these patches. Your best bet is to contact the
International Division about the current thought and rules on wearing
I will say that the changing rules on both the International Patches
and the World Crest (which was once an "earned" patch) over the last
10-20 years do present some points of confusion for us. Often, I see
Scouters gluing together bits and pieces of these rules from
different time periods, coming up with what they believe is the
I think this falls under the "no one got shot for doing it" rule ;-)
- but if that knot is out of place, or upside down, watch your
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