scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Medals Questions
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@BELLATLANTIC.NET
Sat May 06 2000 - 23:58:58 CDT
The Insignia Guide at page 3 has a statement about "Badges of Other
Organizations" which basically says that badges (medals) of other
organizations are not worn on the BSA uniform. However, there is an
exception for religious emblems and for BSA's Historic Trails medals. There
is also an exception for badges approved by local councils in conjunction
with the national Program Group Committee. What this boils down to is
that for Historic Trails, you can wear the medal on your uniform. If the
trail medal is not one of the Historic Trails medals, then it is up to your
local Council to decide whether to approve wearing the medal. If the hiking
medal is for a trail that is not a Historic Trail and your Council has not
(or will not) approved it for wear, then the answer is that you should not
wear it as one of your five allowed medals. However, the chances are good
that the old hiking trail medals were at one time or another approved for
wear. I'm not sure I would sweat this one too much.
My dear wife solved the dilemna for me. As a surprise all of my old
Scouting medals were presented to me in a shadow box one father's day.
Gasp! Well what do you do? Yep, smile appreciatively. At least they didn't
end up going to a charity drop box. :-) Must be a dozen or so in the box
that I earned as a youth for hiking trails and marksmanship. She laughs now
and says that the box prevented me from looing like a third-world dictator
with all the medals in addition to all the knots - she didn't think I knew
about the five medal limit.
Michael F. Bowman firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, http://usscouts.org
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.