Square knot insignia

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Square knot insignia are embroidered cloth patches that represent awards of the Boy Scouts of America and Scout associations throughout the world. The insignia depicts a square knot made of colored ropes; the colors are generally dictated by the award the insignia is associated with.[1][2]

History[edit]

In the earliest days of the Boy Scouts of America, military veterans were urged into service as scoutmasters. The first scout uniforms therefore resembled military uniforms. It was common for these veterans to wear their military decorations on their modified Boy Scout uniform — a national uniform was not to be developed until the early 1920s.[2]

Military tradition dictated that the actual medal from a military award was only worn on ceremonial occasions — at other times, it was replaced with a thin ribbon bar with the same ribbon style as found attached to the medal. This carried over to scouting, whose awards were medals, similar to the military, but were most often worn as ribbons. These ribbons differed from the military style in that, instead of being the same as the ribbon for the medal, they were instead all the same - khaki coloured, with a woven square knot in the centre. The colour of this knot was dictated by the ribbon for the medal. The choice of the square knot as the common emblem was made by James E. West, who is said to have chosen it for its use as the knot associated with first aid, thereby reminding scouts to continue to be of service to others. [2]

Initial introduction[edit]

Initially, eight new ribbons were introduced and later a ninth, which represented the various national awards available at that time:

Further developments[edit]

Between the introduction of square knot insignia and today, over 40 new awards have been added. In addition, there are a number of unofficial awards using the insignia, and various other awards that use similar insignia but with different knots depicted.

Insignia of the Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Wearing insignia[edit]

Knots are worn in rows of three across the top of the wearer's left pocket. When less than 3 knots are worn in a particular row, knots are generally centered to the pocket, or the row below them.

Insignia available to youth[edit]

Insignia Title Started Ended
WikiProject Scouting BSA Eagle knot yellow.png
Eagle Scout    
KnotAOL.png
Arrow of Light    
KnotOldSilver.png
Explorer Silver Award 1954 1958
KnotEAA.png
Explorer Silver Award 1954 1958
Explorer Achievement Award 1977 1995
Exploring G.O.L.D. Award 1995 1998
Young American Award 1954  
KnotACE.png
Air Scout Ace Award 1940 1950
KnotRanger.png
Explorer Ranger Award 1933 1951
KnotVentSilver.png
Venturing Silver Award 1998  
KnotVentLeader.png
Venturing Leadership Award    
KnotQM.png
Sea Scout or Sea Explorer Quartermaster Award    
KnotYRelig.png
Youth Religious Emblem    
KnotHero.png
Heroism Award    
KnotHonor.png
Honor Medal    
KnotMerit.png
Medal of Merit    
KnotHorn.png
Wiliiam T. Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal    
WikiProject Scouting BSA Order of the Arrow DSA knot.svg
Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award    

Insignia available to adults[edit]

Insignia Title Started Ended
KnotSilBeaver.png
Silver Beaver Award    
KnotSilverAntelope.png
Silver Antelope Award    
KnotSilverBuffalo.png
Silver Buffalo Award    
KnotDAM.png
District Award of Merit    
KnotARelig.png
Adult Religious Emblem    
KnotScoutKey.png
Scouter's Key Award    
KnotTraining.png
Scouter's Training Award    
KnotJW.png
James E. West Award    
KnotGM.png
George Meany AFL-CIO Award    
KnotHorn.png
Wiliiam T. Hornaday Gold Medal    
KnotWhit.png
Whitney Young Service Award    
KnotWDB.png
William D. Boyce Award    
KnotVLP.png
Vale La Pena Award    
KnotAsian.png
Asian American Award    
KnotInt.png
International Scouter Award    
KnotSW.png
Silver World Award    
KnotDCSA.png
Distinguished Commissioner Service Award    
KnotDCS.png
Doctorate of Commissioner's Science Award    
KnotCSA.png
Community Service Award    
KnotLAM.png
Scoutmaster Award of Merit    
Varsity Scout Coach Award of Merit    
Venturing Advisor Award of Merit    
KnotScoutmaster.png
Scoutmaster Award of Merit   2001
KnotAlumni.png
BSA Alumni Award    
KnotPhil.png
Philmont Training Center Master's Award    
KnotCubmaster.png
Cubmaster Award   2012
KnotCubscouter.png
Den Leader Coach Award   2012
WebelosKnot.png
Webelos Den Leader Award   2012
KnotDenLeader.png
Cub Scout Den Leader Award    
KnotPackTrainer.png
Pack Trainer Award   2012
KnotTigerCoach.png
Tiger Cub Den Leader Award   2012
KnotSpurg.png
William H. Spurgeon III Award    
KnotSeaBadge.png
Sea Badge    
KnotProTrain.png
Professional Training Award    

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to Awards and Insignia". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Square Knot Insignia used by the Boy Scouts of America". 1 October 1999. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2007.