Eagle Scout’s the highest rank in Scouting, but it’s not the end of the road.
An Eagle Scout who earns five merit badges beyond the minimum amount (and meets other requirements) will receive a Bronze Palm. He’ll get a Gold Palm for 10 extra merit badges and a Silver Palm for 15. He can wear multiple palms if he gets to 20, 25, 30, etc.
Until January, there were two places he could wear these palms: on the ribbon of the Eagle medal and on the Eagle square knot, which is only worn by adults.
Now there’s a third.
A merit badge sash is like a trophy case you can wear.
Each tiny circle represents one of the 136 interest areas a Boy Scout has conquered.
But what restrictions are placed on merit badge sashes? In what order should they be sewn on? Is there a minimum or maximum number of merit badges a Scout may wear on a sash? Can a Scout with a ton of merit badges wear two sashes? What about wearing a sash folded over a belt? And can anyone help mom or dad sew these things on?
I’ve got the answers — well, to all but that last question.
These answers come from the expert, Christopher Hunt, head of the BSA’s advancement team.
If you look at the right sleeve of a Boy Scout and of a U.S. soldier, you’ll see American flags on both.
But there’s one big difference. While the Boy Scout’s flag has the blue field of stars at the top left, the soldier’s flag is a reverse-field flag; the field of stars is at the top right.
So which is correct? Continue reading