settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 14:25:45 -0500
(Hey gang...I'm down to 300 "old postings"...I started out with close to
2000 the last weekend!)
Craig Brown wrote and asked the list:
>> If I moved to another country and joined the Scouting organisation
>>there, would I be allowed to wear my Knots earned in BSA... and
>>vice-versa... if I earned a knot from another country's Scouting
>>organisation... can I wear it on my BSA uniform??? >>
Yep and Yep.
As John Marmet explained....
>The Insignia Guide (doesn't every one have a copy of this next to their
>computers) states quite explictly that "awards from Scouting associations
>of other nations...are always worn when visiting the country whose
>Scouting association presented the award or when attending a meeting or
>function attended by Scouters from that country [and] medals awarded >by
other associations are worn above the left breast pocket."
For instance, when I packed my stuff for Germany last week, I included the
St. Georges Medal presented to me years back by one of the German Scouting
Associations and on the framed shirt in my office room, I have a "knot"
representative of a service award from the Scout Association of the
Netherlands. I also have somewhere around here a Merit Award knot from the
Scout Association of England to go along with a plaque I got a while back.
It was my intention to wear those awards during Scouting activiities while I
was there. Now that my trip was cut short, I packed them for "nothing" but
it doesn't hurt to "be prepared!"
Not all countries have a "knot" or cloth emblem to go along with their
awards that they present; it was the BSA's intent to have those nations'
awards to be worn as a tip of courtesy whenever you have "contact" with
Scouts or Scouters from that country or nation. Likewise, most other
nations would welcome you wearing BSA awards on their uniforms as long as it
is neat in appearance and as long as you choose care in which awards you wear.
The BSA is one of a few countries to have a series of cloth emblems to
represent their national service and personal acheivement awards. I am
hopeful that someday down the line, that other nations will place their
awards on the World Wide Web so that we can share!
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