Re: Council Specific Policies
- What you are talking about are Temporary patches. There is a
specified location in the insignia guide, the right pocket, for
these to go. A Scout may wear any patch in that location. It does
not have to be a BSA or Council patch. For example, if Kings
Dominion Park had a special patch for a Scout Day (not run by the
local council), then my son could put that patch there. I hang my
Alpha Phi Omega patch from my right pocket at times.
What the previous poster was talking about was a council exec having
their Scout Shop tell parents to place a temporary patch in the
location reserve for a Jamboree patch. Councils don't have latitude
to do this.
Having been a leader in 5 different Councils, I have experienced a
variety of local customs, for example wearing the Toten' Chip patch
on the right pocket flap, instead of the bottom of the right pocket
where it was designed for. We have had confusion over the years
about the term of Youth Protection Training. I have always taught
by the book.
If our Council were to gie me a handout with more stringent
guidelines one a particular policy, I would present those as Council
specific guidelines. I would expect those to be distributed to
trainers through the council training committee, to be posted on our
Council web site, and given to units annually on the program launch
CD. In our case, we do not have any council specific guidelines.
It is too challenging, as we have more registered adults than any
other council in the country.
Yours in Scouting,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave Loomis <dloomis@n...> wrote:
> While I do not doubt that this is verbatim from National's
> book, councils do have some latitude here or else they could not
> and award participation patches for various council events ....
- Indeed, councils are able to produce event patches. In every case,
however, these event patches are "temporary" patches and are to be
worn on the right pocket. Only one "temporary" patch should be worn
at one time. Ever notice how any Scouts and Scouters wear the
Philmont patch in this position?
With respect to National Jamboree patches, council shoulder patches
are designed under specific guidelines. They can and do represent
the Council and are authorize for wear after the Jamboree. In this
situation only, two Jambo patches may be worn at the same time, one
above the pocket as directed in Jamboree rules, and on on the pocket.
Troop numbers for Jamboree Scouts are assigned by National, and each
delegate is required to wear that specific number for recognition
during Jambo. They should not replace the home unit number.
"Clause 11: SPECIAL LOCAL BADGES AND INSIGNIA
Local councils are authorized to adopt special badges and insignia
as awards for particular purposes in harmony with national policies
and to permit their use upon the official uniform in accordance with
the Rules and Regulations of the Corporation, bur such awards must be
approved as to purpose and design by the Corporation in advance."
Where the "bending" occurs is that these special badges and insignia
generally are approved by a professional scout within the council.
In some cases, even that step is skipped.
427, Old Hickory Council
- Under SCOUTING IDENTIFICATION the rules state that:
"It is mandatory that all badges worn on BSA uniforms contain
identification including ONE of the following:
Corporate name (Boy Scouts of America)
Corporate initials (BSA)
BSA fleur-de-lis (universal with Eagle or plain one-color)
Venturing, BSA; Venturing
This means that all council approved Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity
Scout, and Venturing badges also must bear a BSA identification to
protect them, and that these BSA cloth badges must be APPROVED BY THE
(NOTE: capital letters used in place of bold in the manual)
427, Old Hickory Council