VIII. Badges of Rank
to be retained by
Many of the badges described in this Part incorporate the Wolf's head or
the Arrowhead and/or the words "Boy Scouts" and are accordingly
protected, as in Rule 23.
It is most desirable that, in order to be able to remove such badges on
the resignation or dismissal of any Scout or Old Scout, the
obtained and issued
Badges of rank are obtained from I.H.Q. and issued as follows:--
By the L.A. Secretary on the recommendation of the Scoutmaster.
For Scouters and Non-executive and Honorary ranks.
By the Secretary of the
For Old Scouts. By the L.A.
Secretary on the recommendation of the Secretary of the Old Scout Branch.
badges for Scouters, etc.
Scouters and persons holding Non-executive or Honorary rank, who have
made the Scout Promise in accordance with Rules 6-7 may, if they desire, wear,
in uniform, the arrowhead badge, as in Rule 311 (1) or alternatively, in
the case of those connected with the Cub section of the Movement, the Wolf's
head badge, as in Rule 307 (I).
Similarly, they may, if they desire, wear in ordinary clothes, in the
place of any other badge, a small Arrowhead badge in bronze or alternatively, if
connected with the Cub section of the Movement, the Wolf's head badge, as
described in Rules 311(2) and 307 (2), respectively.
Any Scouter or person holding Non-executive or Honorary rank,
irrespective of rank, may, if he desires, wear in ordinary clothes, in the place
of any other badge, a small buttonhole Arrowhead badge in bronze or
alternatively, if connected with the Cub section of the Movement, a bronze
Wolf's head badge, both these badges being without the words "Boy
The badges of two or more ranks may not be worn at the same time.
The uniform and badges of warranted rank, being the sign of the Chief
Scout's confidence and trust, will be worn by a Scouter on all occasions when in
uniform, in preference to those of any other rank he may hold in the Movement.
(iii) No part of the Rover
uniform and no Rover badges may be worn with, or added to, the uniform of a
Scouter, except that a Scouter (other than a Commissioner) who is also a Rover
may, if he so desire, wear at all times with his uniform as a Scouter, except on
a tunic, the green shoulder straps described in Rule 316 (1).
A person holding Non-executive or Honorary rank who is also a Rover may
similarly wear green shoulder straps.
A Scouter who holds more than one warranted rank will wear the uniform
and badges appropriate to the particular occasion, but where this is not
practicable, the uniform and badges of the senior rank will be worn.
A Cub wears the following badges:--
In uniform. A Cloth badge
with a Wolf's head and the words "Boy Scouts" below, worn on the front
of the cap and on the left breast of the jersey.
In ordinary clothes. A brass
buttonhole form of the same badge.
A second wears badges as for Cub, and in addition, in uniform, one armlet
of yellow llama braid, half an inch wide, above the left elbow.
A Sixer wears badges as for Cubs, but:--
In uniform. He wears badges
as for Cub, and, in addition, two yellow armlets as described in Rule 308.
In ordinary clothes. A
buttonhole badge similar to that described in Rule 307 (2), but in white metal.
A Senior Sixer wears badges as for a Sixer, but with three yellow
A Scout wears the following badges:--
In uniform. A cloth badge
with an Arrowhead and the words "Boy Scouts" below, worn on the centre
of the left-hand pocket of the shirt or in the corresponding position on a
In ordinary clothes. A brass
buttonhole form of the same badge.
A Second wears badges as for
a Scout, and, in addition, in uniform, one white llama braid vertical stripe,
three inches long and half an inch wide, on the right-hand side of the Arrowhead
A Patrol Leader wears badges as for a Scout, but:--
In uniform. He wears, in
addition, in front of the hat, a white metal Arrowhead badge and scroll (or in
the case of Sea
Patrol Leaders, an Arrowhead on cap ribbon between the words "Sea" and
"Scouts"), and two white stripes, as in Rule 312, one on each side of
the Arrowhead badge.
In ordinary clothes. A
buttonhole badge similar to that described in Rule 311 (2), but in white metal.
A Troop Leader wears badges as for a Patrol Leader, but with a third
white stripe under the Arrowhead badge.
A Rover Squire who has been invested as a Scout, either on joining the
Troop or in accordance with Rule 265 (ii), wears badges as for a Scout as
described in Rule 311.
A Rover wears the following badges:--
In uniform. The cloth
Arrowhead badge, as for Scout in Rule 311 (1), green shoulder straps with Scout
badge, with the letters "R.S." superimposed, and a bar with "R.S."
on the front of the hat.
In ordinary clothes. A white
metal buttonhole Arrowhead badge with the words "Boy Scouts" below,
and the letters "R.S." superimposed.
A Second wears badges as for a Rover and, in addition, in uniform, one
vertical red llama braid stripe, three inches long and half an inch wide, on the
right-hand side of the Arrowhead badge.
A Rover Mate wears badges as for Rover, and in addition, in uniform, a
white metal Arrowhead badge in front of the hat (or in the case of Rover Sea
Scout Mates, the Arrowhead in addition to the words "Rover Sea
Scouts") and two red stripes, as in Rule 317, one on each side of the
A Senior Rover Mate wears badges as for Rover Mate, but with the addition
of a third red stripe under the Arrowhead badge.
Scouters wear badges of rank as follows:--
These are of three types, as shown in the illustrations.
Worn in front of hat.
Worn on left of hat.
Scouters (S. and R.) wear special cloth badges on the front of the cap.
Buttonhole badges. These are
of four types, C., S., R., and N., as shown in the illustrations.
Shoulder knot. Worn by
certain Group Scouters only, as in Rule 322.
Shoulder straps. The Rover
shoulder straps described in Rule 316 (1) are worn (but not on tunics) by
D.R.S.Ls., R.S.Ls., and A.R.S.Ls. only. See
also Rule 306 (iii).
The buttonhole badges (including those made in pin or brooch form)
referred to in the previous rule are primarily intended for wear in ordinary
clothes, unless the badges described in Rules 304 (ii) or 305 are worn, but they
may, if desired, be worn in uniform where no cloth badge is worn under Rule 304
The following are the colours of hat badges, buttonhole badges and of
shoulder knots (if any), of the different ranks of warranted Scouters:--
Hat badge of Type S with purple plume and buttonhole badge of
Type N., in green, with letter "C" superimposed.
Non-executive ranks wear badges as described in the following rule.
These badges, except where otherwise specified, are of Type N., coloured
according to the rank and with a letter superimposed.
(iii) They are made as buttonhole
badges in metal, for use in ordinary clothes, and in cloth (except for L.A.
Chairmen and Lady Worker) for wear in uniform on the centre of the left breast
pocket or in the corresponding position on jerseys where no cloth badge is worn
under Rule 304 (i).
Non-executive ranks may also wear badges, as in Rules 304 (ii) or 305.
The details of these badges are as follows:---
Blue with letter "T."
Blue with letter "S." Also
hat badge of Type S with blue and black plume.
Metal form --- green with cross superimposed.
Cloth form --- yellow cross on green background, with Arrowhead
There is an alternative design for Jewish Chaplains.
Yellow with letter "I." Instrructors
in Sea Scout Groups wear a special form on the cap in uniform.
Yellow with letter "E."
Badges, metal and cloth, of circular form with red cross on white ground
and Arrowhead superimposed.
Lady Worker. A
metal badge only, consisting of a silver arrowhead with blue enamel stars, worn
on the left breast in uniform or ordinary clothes.
Honorary ranks wear on the left breast
when in uniform a cloth and silver badge of a type and colour appropriate
to the rank, and shoulder knot (if any) as for the corresponding warranted rank.
They may also wear in ordinary clothes the buttonhole badge as for the
corresponding warranted rank.
(iii) They may also wear badges,
as in Rules 304-305.
325A. An Old Scout may wear, in uniform or ordinary clothes, the Old Scout badge, or badges as for Scout in Rule 311; or if previously a Rover, badges as in Rule 316.
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