Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Service Stars
Re: Service Stars
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 13:31:19 -0500
Bernadette Curry found the exact phrase from the current BSA Insignia Guide:
>The rule of thumb that Settummanque paraphrased (or quoted from a
>different edition) from the Insignia Guide reads, "With the exception of
>the Cub Scout badges of rank and Arrow Points, members wear only the
>insignia that show their present status in the movement. Members >should
make every effort to keep their uniforms neat and uncluttered. >Previously
earned badges and insignia - not representing present status - >make a fine
display on a BSA red patch vest, a trophy hide or blanket, >exhibited in the
home of the recipient....".
>That quote, IMHO is always overruled by information specific to the >award
in question. After all, taken to its extreme it would mean the >removal of
Eagle and youth Religious Knots from adult uniforms.
Nope. The square knots are worn to keep the uniform from being "cluttered",
Bernadette, and does show "current status" (and all of us Eagle Scouts can
now join in with those famous words "once an Eagle Scout, ALWAYS an Eagle
Scout". Thank you very much! *hehehehee*).
The same goes for holders of religious emblems, training awards, and the
like. Those things aren't "taken away" or "superceded" by other awards.
For instance, once you've earned the Scouters' Key Award, you don't take off
the Scouters' Key square knot to replace it with another Key Award knot
emblem....which is why one knot represents several different awards.
On the other hand, a Scout earning Star doesn't continue to wear the First
Class badge on his uniform...he replaces the First Class emblem with the
Star emblem; and with regard to year pins, a Scout or Scouter should replace
the "two year pin" with the "three year pin" on the uniform shirt.
This creates situations whereby some Scouters (me included) will wear
separate year pins with the appropriate backing to represent their service
in the BSA's programs: on one uniform, I wear a Cub Scout, Boy Scout,
Explorer and two adult service stars, all in a row above the last row of
square knots (or on one shirt, a quarter of a inch above the top seam of the
left uniform pocket.) Because I'm wearing five of them, it's really easy to
center the five -- the Explorer year pin is directly above the pocket button
as "the ruler flies" *smiling*.
As Scouts and Venturers earn awards, they should replace them with the most
current ones on the shirt. Some have taken that paragraph above to mean
that only the most current "temporary patch" should be worn....the temporary
patch is a personal preference and doesn't even have to be a BSA official
patch...it can be a trail patch, or a patch from camp....
The Cub Scout badges of rank and Arrow Points have the exception, because it
does show "current status" when worn correctly on the Cub Scout uniform.
The idea again, is to provide a "uniform way" to display your personal
accomphishments without making the uniform a "walking history" of your
Scouting. This is also the reason why much of what we can wear as Scouters
are left to the Scouter to decide to wear or not to wear. But if chosen to
wear them, it should be all placed in accordance with the Insignia and
Uniform Guide states and what local Council decisions have been made with
respect to those pieces of cloth and tin.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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