Seascout-Net Mail Archive for June of 1999: RE: Ribbons
Wed, 2 Jun 1999 14:05:09 -0700
In Royal Rangers (a ministry of the Assembly of God Church based on Boy
Scouts) our boys 9 and up earn merit badges that are awarded in a "ribbon"
style, compared to the round merit badges of the Boy Scouts. Each of these
ribbons is unique and in no way even remotely similar to military
ribbons/medals. They are limited to a maximum of 6 rows (18 ribbons) on
their uniform. Any additional are displayed on an awards vest. Commander
(Leader) awards are also ribbons or a pendant medal. The ribbons are the
same size as the merit badge awards (equivalent to knot awards for scouting
leaders) and also are not the same as a military ribbon.
At our monthly/quarterly/annual events, seeing a young man with his full
uniform on, ribbons and awards proudly displayed, is an inspiration to our
younger Rangers. They can see who has been working hard and often gain
motivation. Also, they know who can help them earn a merit. When I was in
Sea Scouts (1974-1978) it was difficult to gain inspiration from another
scout or know who to ask questions of.
As a prior Sea Scout, I say don't worry about looking like a ROTC or
military unit. We wore our uniforms with pride and were happy to explain
who we were. I am proud to wear the Royal Ranger khaki uniform, with my
ribbons or medals, as often as practical. It gives people a chance to ask
questions and learn about what our youth group does.
Outpost 254 Commander
Don't drive faster than your angel can fly.
From: Michael Denton [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 1999 12:02 PM
I am with those who believe that suggestions like this from the
members are entirely in order and some discussion useful.
I also would prefer that any such change be done in such a way as to
avoid confusion between military and Sea Scout ribbons. Military
ribbons, in my view simply should not be worn on Scout uniforms.
when I was in the USN, oh so many years ago, ribbons were worn only
inspection, we didn't bother with them otherwise. Of course that was
before the Navy started passing them out like candy for
neat text papers and such and a ribbon really meant something.
As long as we had some restrictions on how many and how long
ribbons (temporary) could be worn, we could avoid the objection of
rows and we would want to design them along the lines of the knot
that (or some other distinct format) we now use so that they are
distinctly Sea Scout and could no be readily confused with military,
that is what the youth want, I would go along with it.
Mike Denton, Skipper
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