This gentleman was one of my Eagle scouts. The uniform he is wearing is the same one he did his Eagle project in. It's the same uniform he wore every week to meetings. As you can tell from the insignia and Eagle knot he was at the time my ASM. He went and got appropriate 1960's ASM patch when he aged out. He had a difficult time, but he did find the community strip, too.
Any historic uniform is a valid BSA uniform, but one must make sure the insignia is historic as well.
It's the tent I notice more in this shot....I can almost smell that old canvas!
And this latter point is the problem I've run into with historic uniforming. I don't want to slap a modern CSP on an old uniform because it will look silly. Does anyone know if there's any place out there that manufactures repro community strips? I've been able to find vintage square knots, positions patches, etc., but the community strips are much more difficult. I've been able to find one for the city out of which our council is based (and of which my small city is a 'burb), and that may be the best I'm able to do unless I can find someone out there reproducing them.
I spent a little time looking a couple years back, and had little luck. I did find a site that had some, but as I recall it was mostly the more modern council shoulder patches. Sorry, I don't recall the site though.
I had a canvas briefcase type bag taht I used to take misc stuff to each meeting. I wanted to sew some of my old scout patches on. thought it might be a conversation starter.
I had a few old patches taht my mom had saved for me (I had no idea she had them till my son started cubs) Anyway, she didn't keep any of my troop patches, so I searched...
I ended up ordering from that site, some older but more modern council patches for each place where I was a scout, and sewed them on.
I carried taht bag to almost every cub meeting for 4 years or a bit more....
and I sometimes wore my old bicentennial necker complete with Liberty Bell Woggle from 1976
Not once, never, did anyone ask me about any of it, or even comment. I still find that hard to believe.
Be advised of the following.
1) National training Committee has come out and stated it does not matter what color centennial trained patch you wear. So Cub leaders can wear the centennial tan and green and Boy Scout leaders can wear the centennial sized red on tan. So you do not need to change your trained strip once you get the POR specific training
2) When the literature came out in regards to the centennial uniforms, it stated that the older uniform items, aka "Oscar de lea Rentas" and "ODLs", and the Centennial Uniforms items were interchangeable. So you don't need to change the numbers either if you are within the same CO.
3) While now the literature shows Webelos and Cub Scout leaders wearing the white on red numbers, the literature that came out with the CUs showed everyone wearing the tan and green numbers. So if Cub leaders or Webelos are in tan and greens, they are wearing "Vintage" 2008-2009 uniforms.
4) Did they ever make the tan on red numbers? I saw one BSA flyer online for about a week that had the Cub leaders and Webelos in red numbers on a tan background.
In reference to Vintage uniforms and insignia, yep it's a pain to find the stuff. I finally gave up looking for the blue on gold CS diamond pack numbers for my wife's uniform. I went ahead and used the fully embroidered red and white numbers. Only the die hard historians will know she's wearing the wrong numbers. Yep I finally seduced her to the Dark Side again. And she's upgraded to wearing a uniform this time since she is an ADL instead of a committee member.
Thank you very much!
That is great to know. Now I won't be quite so concerned about changing them out. Might even get lazy and leave them on till I get a new shirt.... and it will save me from feeling like I need to encourage my son to change his, too!
1910 - 1960 - 2010
ahh, Stosh... there's a problem.
Where's the tandem axle troop trailer for that 2010 vintage campsite?