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Official version of Crest of Leadership

The Crest of Leadership (shown above) was designed by "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt as a replacement for the various local Council youth leadership training courses. The Crest was used by the BSA (and is STILL used by some 30 or so local Councils) to award to youth leaders for completing a set of individual training application requirements (similar to a "ticket" which Wood Badge participants must complete) in order to receive and wear the emblem. The emblem was originally designated as a "permanent" emblem but that designation was removed by the BSA in 1980 with the end of the "ALL OUT FOR SCOUTING!" leadership training emphasis.

There are several versions of the Crest out there. In 1981, the leadership of the Blue Grass Scouting Alliance Club at Eastern Kentucky University asked and received permission to alter the Crest and to use it as its official organizational crest. More information on the Crest of Leadership and the BGSA can be found on a separate page.


All Uniform Jackets/Jacshirt Blue Nylon Jacket

Blue Nylon "Action Jacket"

The following discussion is about the blue nylon jacket designed for wear by Explorers and Exploring leaders primarily. It may be worn by Cub Scouters.

At the bottom of this page are links to the other types of jackets the BSA has developed over the years.

Another page will show, for BEST uniforming, where various pieces of insignia are to be placed on these and other jackets.

Blue Nylon "Action jacket":

In 1974 the BSA developed this lightweight nylon jacket to be a combination rain jacket and windbreaker, capitolizing on the success of the Boy Scout nylon "action jacket". This became one of the BSA's more popular jackets. The hood of the jacket is hidden by a zippered pocket. It became known as the "Explorer Action Jacket" because of its simple style and adaptability for wear with any Exploring uniform and within any program. Like with the blue jac-shirt, while at first many Explorers purchased this item, it became a rare item and eventually was taken off the shelves in favor of the red version.

Blue nylon jacket
Blue nylon windbreaker/jacket.

Blue nylon jacket backside
Blue nylon windbreaker/jacket backside (plain).

A Program emblem (either for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Exploring; later Venturing) is worn above the zippered pocket (the Exploring emblem is shown); a small Regional emblem may be worn on the pocket; a training emblem may be worn on the right side of the jacket. I have never seen this, but I have been told that the Philmont or one of the other high-adventure base felt emblems may be worn with this jacket in the same manner it would be worn on the heavier-weight jacket or the jac-shirt.

A Red version of this jacket also exist, primarily for Boy Scouts and Scouters.

Here's links to other pages which illustrate the other types of Scouting jackets:

In wool or wool-blends:

In cotton or cotton-blends:

In nylon:


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