Temporary Insignia

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Temporary insignia are issued for such events as summer camp, camporees, and Scouting shows. All temporary insignia must 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", or "Venturing".

Order of the Arrow regional and national meetings and training activities may also provide them (the totin chip patch is also temporary insignia). Only one such patch may be worn at a time. The patch is worn centered on the right pocket and must not exceed the dimension of the seams of the pocket, nor extend higher than the lowest tip of the pocket flap. It may be either sewn or suspended from under the flap attached to the button. The Progress Toward Ranks or Webelos compass points emblem may be worn by a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout suspended from the right pocket button in addition to sewn-on temporary insignia.

Female leaders wearing either the traditional yellow Cub Scout leader blouse, the optional tan leader blouse, or the Venturing blouse, may wear one temporary insignia centered above the Boy Scouts of America strip.

Commissioners and other conducting inspectors should know that temporary insignia are not required for correct uniforming. They should not deduct points for failure to wear such insignia, but, if worn, they must be worn correctly.

Consider displaying temporary insignia in ways other than on the official uniform. Here are some suggestions:"

  • "Wear it on a BSA red patch vest, campfire robe or blanket, or special neckerchief."
  • "Display it on a wall plaque, trophy hide, or mounted in a frame."
  • "Or, make a special neckerchief slide, sectional totem pole, or flagpole insignia for display.
Insignia Guide Special Regulations
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