Re: Questions from my Troop&Patrol
Branden Morris (morris@NET1PLUS.COM)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 12:20:17 -0400
At 7:19 PM 7/7/98, Mike L. Walton wrote:
>Anthony G Robinson <agr10@JUNO.COM> asked a series of questions:
>>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
>First off, you would only wear the two sashes during formal
>occasions, and there's not many of them that you would wear BOTH
>sashes to. I can only think of perhaps one or two events that you
>would wear both to.
>If you wear both, the OA sash goes in front of and over the merit
>badge sash. Not under the merit badge sash.
>Why wear the OA sash in front of the merit badge sash? Because the
>OA is an honor and the activity you're performing while wearing the
>sash is an honor.
Insignia Guide, page 45:
"The OA sash is not worn with the merit badge sash."
Order of the Arrow Handbook, page 59:
"The sash is worn diagonally across the chest. It is not to be worn in any
There is no provision whatsoever for wearing both of the sashes at the same
time. Simple as that. The Scout should decide which one it is appropriate
to wear, with the understanding that the OA sash is worn at OA-related or
OA-specific functions. Additionally, the OA sash is not worn on the belt.
If you're not wearing it properly, it should remain at home.
Mike, you are a prolific, helpful, and personable poster to this list. Many
people look to you for advice and answers. I think it behooves all of us to
make sure that when we post answers to questions, we make sure that we're
posting correct information. Something like uniforming isn't going to lead
anyone too far astray. However, that might be a different situation if
wrong information is given out regarding a program or policy.
I find the following practices helpful when answering a question, either
locally, or over the internet. Readers of the list may find these helpful
1) I always double-check the primary source, even if I'm "positive" I know
the answer. I keep my information fresh this way, and probably learn
something new in the process.
2) I try to give a citation or source with the answer. This validates my
answer, and points the questioner to a resource they can get, so that they
educate themselves as well.
Think about it. This list is great of exchanging ideas and opinions. When
we start dealing in facts, I think we all need to make sure that we're
providing the best information.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City