RE: [Scouter_T] RE: Re: Oval Webelos Badge on Blue Shirt
- I had the opportunity to pick up the new Webelos handbook at our council
scout shop yesterday and was going through it last night to update my
Webelos-to-Scout Transition presentation for next month's Roundtable.
Inside the back cover, there are several pictures under the heading of
"Official Placement of Insignia". Under "Left Pocket Options" it shows
three pockets. One pocket has the full diamond with all of the rank
badges and the caption underneath says "blue or tan shirt"; the second
picture has just the diamond shaped Webelos badge with the caption "blue
or tan shirt" and the third picture has just the new oval Webelos badge
with the caption "tan shirt".
Inside the handbook, beginning on page 20, is information regarding the
Webelos uniform and the placement of insignia. The information on page
20 indicates that the choice of which color uniform to wear is a
decision made by the scout and his family; page 32 talks about there
being two ways to wear activity badges (on the optional Webelos colors
OR on the plaid front panel of the hat) as well as the two different
styles of Webelos badge. The book states "the one awarded depends on
personal preference." In the following discussion on page 32 it states:
"1. A tan oval-shaped cloth badge with an embroidered Webelos symbol.
This badge is worn on the tan uniform shirt. When a boy wears the
oval-shaped Webelos badge on his uniform, he does not include Arrow
Points or Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf or Bear rank badges."
"2. A diamond shaped cloth badge with a gold and light blue embroidered
Webelos symbol. Worn on the left pocket of the blue or tan uniform shirt
with other badges. Webelos scouts who did not earn the Tiger Cub badge
may wear the diamond shaped Webelos badge in the same place the Tiger
Cub badge would other-wise be worn."
Page 33 refers the scouts to a diagram on page 34 for the proper
placement of insignia. The diagram on page 34 is basically the same as
the one inside the back cover. The back cover version of the 4 diamond
shaped badges shows the Tiger Cub badge in the diamond whereas the
diagram on page 34 shows the diamond-shaped Webelos badge in diamond.
The notation under each "pocket" on page 34 is the same as on the back
cover as to the shirt color.
BTW, I did find a goof in the new handbook in the Athlete activity
badge. Many of the new badges include options to earn one or more of the
Sports or Academics belt loops as one of the requirements from which the
scout may choose. There are only 9 requirements listed for Athlete in
the shaded area on pages 124-125. However, page 126 implies that there
should also be a requirement 10 option to earn the Physical Fitness
sports pin. The handbook states "If you've earned the Physical Fitness
Sports pin earlier in Cub Scouting, you must earn another Physical
Fitness Sports pin as a Webelos Scout for requirement 10."
I did notice a couple of other changes to the requirements for the
Webelos badge and Arrow of Light in addition to the addition of the
Character Connections activities. The Citizen activity badge has now
become a required badge for the Webelos rank (in addition to Fitness)
and Outdoorsman has now become a required badge for Arrow of Light (in
addition to Readyman.) There is also no longer a requirement that a
Webelos scout actually submit a completed application to join any Boy
Scout troop. Requirement 6 for Arrow of Light (see page 64) states:
"After you have completed all 5 of the above requirements, and after a
talk with your Webelos den leader, arrange to visit, with your parent or
guardian, a meeting of a Boy Scout troop you think you might like to
join. Have a conference with the Scoutmaster."
Hope this helps clarify some of the questions regarding the placement of
the Oval and diamond shaped Webelos badges as well as high-light some of
the recent changes to the Webelos requirements.
Central Florida Council
Little Econ District
Cub Scout Trainer
Webelos-to-Scout Transition Specialist
Pack 631 Committee Chair
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