New Insignia Guide
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 12:08:52 -0500
I received yesterday a copy of the newest version of the BSA Uniform and
Insignia Guide. This one actually has a date on the front "1997-1999" to
distinguish it from the previous versions.
Here are some *significant changes* to go along with program changes coming
(as I've mentioned before here and elsewhere) and some *new insignia*:
*A new section on BELTS, the kinds of belts and how to wear them with
*New paragraphing on "Excess uniforming" states (it's ABOUT TIME,
GUYS AND GALS!!) "Members should make every effort to keep their uniforms
neat and uncluttered." and about Merit Badge sashes (we were talking about
this earlier this year) "Members may wear only one merit badge sash".
*Jamboree "wishy-washing": In the past, we went from two Jamboree patches
being worn side-by-side above the right pocket to only one being
worn (my contention is because the Jamboree patches have gotten larger)
to the current policy: You can wear ONE "recent National Jamboree patch
above the right pocket and one recent World Jamboree patch on the right
pocket"....so now, at least according to this publication, those of us
wearing World or International Jamboree patches above the right pocket are
wrong; we must wear those, if we choose to do so, on the right pocket
instead, leaving the space above for National Jamboree insignia only.
(Geezo, it just doesn't make sense....but.....)
*Temporary Insignia: insignia is considered "sewn on the pocket" if it is
either actually sewn or suspended from the pocket. In other words, you are
not supposed to wear one sewn on the pocket and another temporary
patch suspended from that pocket flap. We also talked about temporary
insignia going on the backside of the merit badge sash....."Members may
wear only temporary patches (no badges of rank) on the back of the merit
badge sash." There's also a reminder of that fact on page 20, where the
merit badges are listed.
*Headgear: Pay CLOSE ATTENTION to this bit of "information" that's buried
in this part of the regulations:
"As part of the First Class Emphasis, the large standard metal pin (#00017)
has been reinstated as an *option* to the cloth First Class rank badge.
The large pin also may be worn *only by boys* on the front of the campaign
hat (#501) and the expedition hat (#637). Adults may wear the (NEW) Adult
Universal hat pin (#50150) on the campaign hat and the expedition hat.
The regulation has also been modified to allow Scouts and Scouters attending
Jamborees to wear hat pins (but ONLY during the Jamboree) and to allow
WEBELOS Cub Scouts to wear activity badges on the WEBELOS Cap (as it has
been policy for four years now). No other pins may be worn on the hat,
*Instant Recognition Kit for Tiger Cub Scouts
*A full page with all of the Sports and Academinc Belt Loops and Pins
(with the BSA stock number of each item....a nice deal!)
*Sports and Academics Participation Emblem (#00803) to be worn by boys AND
adults who participate in the Sports and Academics Program.
Temporary patch to be worn on right pocket.
*Patrol Emblems and Merit badges are now listed WITH the BSA stock
*Venture Strip *looks* a lot larger than the older strip used. There is no
longer a "Varsity" strip.
**EAGLE SCOUTS DO NO LONGER WEAR PALMS ON THE EAGLE SCOUT BADGE. Palms are
now only worn with the Eagle Medal (on the ribbon) or on the square knot
*Conservation Good Turn (what used to be "PROJECT SOAR") patches AND
Certificates are listed now
*Philmont OA Trail Crew patch is now listed
*Increased number of "official" interpreter strips
*Varsity Scout device for Scouters' Training Award and Scouters' Key
Award is now listed (#00928)
*New Aviation Exploring, Engineering and Technology Exploring, High
Adventure (Outdoor Adventure Exploring) Exploring, and Fire Service
*Sea Exploring on "khakitan" strip (BSA #04127) is now listed (strip has
been available, but not listed)
*NEW Canoe Base Loon (to be worn in similar style as Philmont Bull)
*New Sea Base 6-inch backpatch
*Illustration of G.O.L.D. Award and Exploring Leadership Award (new design
of award and new ribbon colors)
*Illustration of how to wear nameplates with and without a OA Lodge Flap.
*Illustration of National Commissioner and Ambassador (yeah, it's a new
position within the national volunteer side) emblems
*Illustration of Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable Staff emblems (which
tells me that the attempt to make those staff members "Not
Commisssioners"has failed.....both patches show the "wreath of service")
*NEW RETIRED strip (No, this is NOT a gag....; it is something that many
volunteers and professionals have been lobbying for over the past ten years!)
*William Spurgeon Exploring Award is now a rather nice-looking plaque to
take the place of the Lucite and wood ones
*George Meany Award now has a pocket patch in addition to the knot and award
*the BSA's Council Services Division has taken over the authority to send
special awards previously allowed to be ordered through local Councils.
*Holders of the BSA's Young American Awards may now *yea!!* wear the
"Exploring Award knot", the same one that is currently being used by the
G.O.L.D. Award and the previous Exploring Achievement Award.
*New Central and Northeast Region patches (and I think new Western Region
too...but I'm not sure...) are shown.
That's it.....hope this is of help to those that are trying to keep up with
the BSA's many insignia and uniforming changes....there's going to be more
as the months go onward....so all I can say is "stay connected"!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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