Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Service Stars
Re: Service Stars
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 21:35:32 -0500
You asked us all:
>I have been asked by Scouts and Scouters about multiple service stars.
>We see Scouts wearing five or six service stars with green backs and/or
They shouldn't be wearing ALL of them. As you correctly stated and as many
Commissioners like myself have physically corrected Scouts (and some Scouters!):
>When I was a kid we removed the old service star when >we attained >another
year so all we had at any one time was one yellow backed >service star and
one green backed service star
The basic idea is this:
You earn the one year pin as a Cub Scout. It has a "1" in the center of the
five-pointed star and a YELLOW plastic backing. When you earn the two year
pin, you are (and the suggested ceremony!) is to REPLACE the one year pin
with the two year pin. Likewise with the three year pin, which replaces the
two year pin.
When you become a Boy Scout, you wear the HIGHEST numbered Cub Scout service
star on your Boy Scout uniform. Likewise with the Tiger Cub service star
(which always should either be plain or carry the number "1".) After your
second year as a Boy Scout, you replace the one year pin with the GREEN
backing with the two year pin with the green backing.
Remember the Uniform "RULE OF THUMB": "Wear only the insignia which
represents your CURRENT status and CURRENT membership as a member or leader
of the Boy Scouts of America".
(and I'm sure that the Girl Scouts of the USA has a similar rule in place).
Therefore, Scouts and Scouters wearing rows of green or yellow year pins are
incorrect in wearing those pins.
You're right that the Insignia Guide doesn't explain this clearly...it is
because much of what has developed as insignia policy has been "handed down"
from Scouter to Scouter....and that's where we Commissioners come in: we
are to SET THE EXAMPLE and CORRECT WHERE POSSIBLE Scouts and Scouters
wearing insignia and uniforming items incorrectly.
Hope this helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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