Re: Questions from my Troop&Patrol
Chuck Batteau (charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 11:12:43 -0400
Here is on SM's take on your questions.
1. device pins for religious award square knots: These SHOULD be available
from your local council shop. I don't have the catalog with me, but they
should be able to order them for you if they don't have them.
2. The "recruiter" patch is generally earned by a boy bringing in a new
member or an adult bringing in a new leader. Some councils award these only
during specific recruitment campaigns, but I believe that a troop can award
them at any time. Our troop created its own recruiter patch (worn as a
temporary patch on the right pocket) which our boys can earn all year long;
it's sharper looking and (for those who collect patches) a VERY limited
3. The requirements for the den chief service award are listed in the Den
4. Ideally, a Den Chief should attend every den meeting, every pack
meeting, every outdoor activity as well as his troop and patrol functions.
Realistically, he probably won't make all of them. He should talk with his
Cubmaster and Den Leader about their expectations. I had one Den Chief who
attended almost all of his den/pack meetings and activities. Two of the
three boys who went on to Boy Scouts came to our troop, and Tommy received
the Den Chief Service Award from the pack. Another Den Chief attended
almost none of the den/pack activities (a couple of years earlier) -- NONE
of the boys in his den came to our troop. Needless to say, I declined to
use this boy for any appointive position after that.
5. The Totin Chip patch is worn on the RIGHT pocket flap. So is the OA
lodge patch. Choose one. (Generally, by the time a boy makes OA, "losing"
the Totin' Chip patch is no big deal)
6. Instructors are (in our troop) appointed by the SM. My opinion is that
this would be a position for an older boy who, in business, would be
considered a "subject matter expert." Most instruction should be within the
patrols, older boy to younger boy. But some subjects, like pioneering or
cooking, (we're not talking hamburgers, here, Anthony!) lend themselves to
being taught by a boy who has devoted some personal time and energy to
becoming something of an authority on the subject.
Your own mileage may vary.
7. The OA sash and the Merit Badge sash are supposed to be mutually
exclusive; that is, if you wear the OA sash, you leave the MB sash at home
(or in your pack). I've seen Scouts wearing both, but to my understanding
it's not correct. Since the OA sash is to be worn ONLY at OA functions
(including unit elections and tapouts), there really isn't that much of a
I, too, have seen Scouts with a MB sash tucked into their belt. Again, to
my understanding, that is not correct. Generally, my Scouts don't wear
their MB sashes except to ceremonial functions (Courts of Honor, Scout
Camp/Camporee campfires, etc.). (I'm happy if they wear their uniform at
all! <*G*>) If a Scout wants to show off his Merit Badges (the purpose of
the sash), wearing it on the belt defeats this.
8. Technically, the back of the MB sash is empty. One of my Scouts told me
that the rules have changed to allow patches on the back, but I haven't
seen any notice of the change. I HAVE seen Scouts wearing old temporary
patches (removed from their right pocket) on the back of the sash, and I
will not challenge anybody who does so, but I, personally, think it looks
Hope this helps
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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