Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Neckerchiefs Revisited
Re: Neckerchiefs Revisited
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 15:29:02 -0700
Irene Kempf writes:
> I got several different answers.
> ...All said yes for BS
> The uniform (no pun intended) theme was that they must
> all be the same in a den, or troop.
> It was proposed to me that a den leader wants to have the
> boys wear red, white, and blue for the 4th of July parade.
> What do you think, being that this has a reference to the
> American flag?
The BSA often uses a red, white, and blue theme for their National
Jamboree Neckerchiefs. The body of the Neckerchief is red, with 1/2
inch white and blue border strips. You might want to consider how much
effort these extra colors are worth, however.
Our Troop makes its own Neckerchiefs. We prefer full-size 32" X 32"
Boy Scout Neckerchiefs, rather than the skimpy little BSA things that
you find in Scout Shops. Ever wonder why your Troop doesn't look like
a Norman Rockwell painting? A full-sized Neckerchief is the most
striking aspect of a great-looking Uniform! Full-sized Neckerchiefs
are worn *over* the collar (which is folded out of the way, under the
We start with a bolt of "Wood Badge Green" 100% "Wrinkle Free" Cotton
material. I cut a notch or slit 33" from one of the sides, grab a side
of the material in each hand, and RIP along this "seam" for the entire
25 yards (thank you Auntie Beans, it really *does* work!).
Then I cut a notch every 33" and rip across the width of the material
to form 33" square pieces. It takes less than an hour to "cut" 27
Neckerchiefs. At the next Committee Meeting, I ask if anyone "knows
someone" who would be willing to volunteer to hem the sides of the
Neckerchiefs. We always find someone.
We found a local store that gives us the material at the wholesale
cost, so each Neckerchief costs us about $2. We give them to Scouts
who attend a Troop fund raiser, and we charge $10 for those who didn't
attend (no matter what their reason). In our Troop, Scouts need a full
Uniform to participate in the weekly Scout Games (a rule I won with a
lot of "horse trading" at PLCs).
If you examine Norman Rockwell paintings and old Scout literature you
will find that the early Neckerchiefs had no patterns or Troop
identifications. Presently we follow this tradition, except that
Scouts who attend Council JLT are presented with a neckerchief with the
JLT patch sewn on. I'm also looking around for a matching green Wood
Badge patch of some sort, but haven't found anything yet. Someday we
will design a large, really cool inverted triangle patch for our
Neckerchiefs with our Troop number and things that Scouts find cool,
like rock climbing, white water canoeing, bears, rattlesnakes, knives,
and fire :-)
I also make wooden Woggles (traditional looking neckerchief slides) out
of two different sizes of cane. The smaller size are for new Scouts,
and the larger size are for adult Scouters and for voting members of
the PLC. Everyone starts with a two-strand Woggle. They earn an extra
strand for attending Troop JLT, or for thinking up some sort of major
initiative to benefit their Patrol. The four strand Woggles are
reserved for Scouts and Scouters who have attended a Council-level JLT
or SMF course. We grant cool privileges to those wearing 3 or 4 strand
Yours in Scouting,
SM, Troop 252
Buffalo and a good old Beaver too