When I was a Scout in Holland, BSA Troop 100, Brunssum, Transatlantic Council in the Charlemagne district, after our first camp out with the other Scouts from Germany, Holland, England, and Canada, our Scoutmaster would award us a little purple patch. It was something I had never seen before.
When I was a Cub Scout in Virginia, we never wore it, and no one I had seen in Scouting ever had it on either.
This patch was called the World Crest, and it was a BSA Award for participating in International activities. All the British Scouts wore it, as did the Canadians. The German boys of our International Community (AFCENT) started wearing it too.
Later, when I returned to the states with my family, I joined a Troop in Louisiana. Little by little the little purple patch started popping up and by 1991 every Scout in the US was wearing this World Crest.
In England, every Scout is presented his “World membership Badge” when he enters Scouting.
The first design of the patch came way back in the 1930’s. It was a badge designed mostly by Baden Powell in his use of the fleur-de-lis signifying the Arrow of the compass and the three points of the Scout Oath.
The emblem as we know it today was adopted in 1955 and is now worn by over 28 million Scouts and Scouters all over the world.
Just one Patch… ties us together in the World Organization of Scouting Movement. Scouts..
How cool is that?
Have a Great Scouting Day!