Re: merit badge sash
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 07:27:21 -0800
On Mon, 27 Oct 1997, Rhonda Vandergriff wrote:
> Our troop has a "policy" that the boys cannot wear the merit badge sash
> until they have earned 6 badges. This really hurts the boys who are very
> proud of those first badges. I know of one boy who transferred into the
> troop and wore his sash with one badge on it and was teased by the "older"
> boys. He took his sash home and hid it in the drawer. (No, this was not my
> son). What do you think about this? I know this probably isn't in the
> insignia guide, but is there a specific policy that prohibits this practice?
> The committee chairman and I (committee secretary) are planning to update
> the handbook and write bylaws.
Actually Rhonda, your troop is simply following BSA policy which says
someplace, please don't ask me to quote, that six (6) badges is the
appropriate number of Merit Badges to be worn the first time you take the
sash for a spin in public.
Interesting fact though is that a Scout can Wear up to six (6) Merit
Badges on the right sleeve of a LONG sleeve uniform shirt.
I have never actually seen this... and I am not sure that those who do
keep the Merit Badges on the sleeve after they have the six required for
the sash...... if the did, I guess they woudl need 12 to be able to
wear the sash.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City