Re: Religious Emblem
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 18:10:18 -0500
Dave Sanderson wrote:
>The answer as we understand it is that the Youth Religious Knot
>indicates that the boy has completed the requirements for one age/rank
>specific level of their faith. Only one knot is ever awarded.
That's absoutely correct, Dave!
>Most, if not all, faiths have multiple levels. In the Catholic Faith, for
>example, Tiger Cubs and Wolf Scouts earn the "Light of Christ"; Bear >and
Webelos earn the "Parvuli Dei", and Boy Scouts have "Ad Altari >Dei" and one
Pope Pius XII is the Roman Catholic's Explorer and senior Scout religious
>The first award is indicated by the knot.
> Subsequent awards are indicated by a device, which if I remember
>correctly, is a gold circle.
Incorrect. A Cub, Scout or Explorer have two current options:
The first option is to simply wear the square knot with NO devices and
during formal occasions, wear all of the religious awards earned.
The second option is to wear the square knot with the approviate device
(which are described on page 45 of the BSA's Insignia Guide; it's been
captured and retyped here so many times (I'm adding it to my web site at the
end of this posting along with what the devices look like!!) that I'm not
going to retype it but refer to the page in the Guide.) or devices which
represent which level(s) the award was earned in.
The "gold circle" your wife is referring to can either be the District
Committee device (if you look closer, you'll see that a first class emblem
is on the device!!) or the Commissioner's device (again, looking closer,
you'll see that the gold circle is actually the wreath and "universal
emblem" (the Tenderfoot emblem) emblematic of Commissioner service.
An Explorer, for example, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ,
Latter-Day Saints, may wear five devices on his square knot if he has had
the opportunity to do so:
One for Cub Scout, WEBELOS Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and
Explorer. Don't know how all five can be worn, but it's possible.
The device letters are (the catalog lists them as 5103; there's a newer
catalog number for these but I don't have it handy!):
C Cub Scout
K WEBELOS Cub Scout
D Boy Scout
J Varsity Scout
Hope that this helps....this evening, I'll post copies of all of the devices
I have here, alongside the square knot to illustrate this way of wearing the
devices. This is a question that comes up frequently, and something that
should be illustrated and not just explained!!
Hope this furthers the discussions!
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