World Scout Emblem

IMG_0474.JPGThe World Scout Emblem is badge worn by scouts all over the world.  If you bought a Scout uniform, it will already be stitched on over the left shirt pocket.  This badge can be worn by any scout, in any of the more than 200 countries associated with Scouting.  It symbolizes the unity between all Scouts, no matter where they are from.

Here is a paragraph from the Canadian Scout Handbook:

“The World Scout Emblem has two parts: a fleur-de-lis, and a rope tied with a reef knot.  The fleur-de-lis represents the Scouting Movement.  The rope circle, joined with a reef knot, symbolizes the strength and unity of the brotherhood of Scouting…”

The three points of the fleur-de-lis represent the three parts of the Scout promise:

Duty to God, obedience to the Scout law, and service to others.

I like that there is something that can bring Scouts together and give them something in common, even though every country does Scouting uniquely.

 

 

Scout Uniform

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If you are signed up as a Scout already, than you should already have your scout uniform, which you can order from your country’s scouting website.  If not, it can still be fun to have your own uniform.  You could either put together your own, or order the official scouter’s uniform.

What Robert Baden-Powell originally meant for uniforms was whatever the scout himself could buy or make.  Here is a quote from Baden-Powell’s book, Souting for Boys:

“Flat brimmed hat if possible, or wide-awake hat.

Coloured handkerchief tied loosely round the neck.

Shirt:  Flannel

Colours: a bunch of ribbons of patrol colour on left shoulder.

Belt, with coat rolled tight and strapped or tied behind.

Haversack, to carry food, etc., slung on back across the shoulders.

Shorts: cut short at knee.  A kilt if you are a Scotsman.

Stockings, with garters made of green, with one end hanging down one inch.

Boots or shoes.”

The shorts and shirt should be of light brown or beige colour.  Of course, you need not use shorts during the winter, nor do you have to wear stockings if you would rather wear regular socks.  The colours are only necessary if you belong to a scout patrol, in which case the scoutmaster will probably explain what the patrol’s uniform looks like.  Try to copy the above list as closely as possible, and start making your own uniform.

With some guidance and help from a friend, I made my own camouflage vest using different fabrics I picked out.  I wanted lots of pockets so that’s how I made it.  It is really quite cool and I also have the satisfaction of knowing that I made a part of my uniform!

I encourage you to put together your own uniform; whether you order it or make it is entirely up to you.