Re: questions raised in recent messages
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 09:03:46 -0400
Anthony G. Robinson wrote to E-scouts, which is a forum for discsssing
Scouting and computers, including web pages, internet, data bases, etc.
In the future, messages like the ones he posted should go to
scouts-L@tcu.edu NOT email@example.com.
I've replied directly, and copied both e-scouts and scouts-l, but set
followups to scouts-l.
Here are my answers:
> 1. Where do you buy the device pins for religious award square knots?
The Scout Shop at your Council office.
> 2. How do you earn the "recruiter" patch?
There are no specific national rules that I am aware of. Most units
award it if you bring a new boy that joins your unit.
> 3. What are the requirements for the den chief service award.
I don't have these handy. They should be in the Handbook, I think.
> 4. How active does a den chief have to be. (be there every den
> meeting, pack meeting, etc) I would appreciate any comments on how
> pack leaders manage their den chiefs.
Again, there are no specific National guidelines, but I feel a Den Chief
should try to attend all Den Meetings, Pack Meetings, and outings, if he
> 5. Which pocket flap do you wear the "totin chip" patch, also what do
> you do if you are a member of the OA, and both patches go in the same
The Tot'n Chip Patch is NOT an official BSA Patch, and should be worn as
a Temporary Patch, on the Right Pocket (NOT the Flap), even though its
shaped like a pocket flap. Some councils have authorized it's use, and
even allow it to be worn on the flap, but the National insignia Guide
does NOT recognize it. BSA's official Tot'n Chip is a wallet CARD, not a
> 6. I would appreciate any advice from leaders or scouts themselves on
> how they handle their "INSTRUCTORS" what are their duties and roles in
> your troop.
Instructors, in my units, are senior Scouts that serve to teach the
skills they have mastered to younger scouts, when they don't have other
positions like PL, SPL, ASPL, APL, or Troop Guide.
> 7. What do you do if you are in the OA and have a honor sash, and you
> have a merit badge sash. How would you wear them. I have seen scouts
> wear their merit badge sash tucked into their belt, is that
> officially allowed?
NO. You should wear your OA sash at OA functions, and leave the MB sash
at home, and wear the MB sash at other times, and leave the OA sash
behind. They are specifically NOT to be both worn at the same time.
Your OA pocket flap is the full time smbol of your membership in the
> 8. What can you wear besides merit badges on your sash, what can you
> wear on the back of the sash?
The only thing besides MBs that are to be on the sash are excess
TEMPORARY patches (like tot'n chip, camporee, klondike, summer camp, or
trail patches, etc.). These are worn on the back of the sash. Former
rank patches, Lifeguard, Mile Swim, etc. are NOT to be added to the MB
sash at all.
> I am interested in finding out information on camporees, jamborees,
> merit badge jambos, that take place at the U.S. Service academys, if
> anyone could please tell me who I could contact about more info on
> United States Military Academy (West Point)
> United States Air Force Academy
> United States Naval Academy
> United States Coast Guard Academy
> Merchant Marine Academy
I don't have any info on these. Anyone else?
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office - Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
Advancement Webmaster, US Scouting Service Project (www.usscouts.org)
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