Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Webelos Activity Pin trivia question
Re: Webelos Activity Pin trivia question
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 03:00:06 -0600
Someone asked with regard to the old Artist Activity Badge:
>>As a Webelos scout wayyyy back 1968, I earned an Activity Pin
>>with a horse head on it. Does anyone know what this was for?
>That, Dave, was the old Artist Activity Pin.
>It was replaced in the 70s with the pallete.
The followup was "Why a horse's head??" for the Artist badge?
The only answer I could even find was one found in an old issue of
_Scouting_ which announces the new advancement plan and the badges.
The article explained that the "activity badges were chosen to
reflect a wide variety of interest areas, and to get WEBELOS ready
for the wide variety of Boy Scout merit badges."
"The designs of the badges were made by Cub Scouts, and correspond
with the titles of the (then 15) activity badges."
That explains a LOT; like:
*why the Outdoorsman Badge looks more like the Concorde than a bird
*why both Artist and Naturalist feature designs that don't really
look like a bird nor a horse
*why the puppet used for Showman looks more like a ghost
*and why Athlete looks like a stick man!
Pretty good, however, for kids to design, though!
Under the old system, five activity badges were allowed on each of
the three badge colors. I wonder if anyone out there collects the
WEBELOS Den numbers (remember those??)
[the WEBELOS Den numbers were silver metallic numbers which went on
the center (yellow) strand and which identified Dens two and
upwards in a multiple WEBELOS Den Pack.]
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