> updated 16/03/13
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.
Red Nylon Jacket
Red Nylon Jacket
The following discussion is about the red nylon jacket designed for wear by Boy Scouts and Scouters primarily.
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.
Red Nylon "Action jacket":
In 1964 the BSA developed this lightweight nylon jacket to be a combination rain jacket and windbreaker.
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 "Scout Action Jacket" because of its simple style and adaptability for wear with any
uniform and within any program.
Red nylon windbreaker/jacket. The backside is plain (I do not have an image of the back presently)
Red nylon windbreaker/jacket with hood shown. The backside is plain (I do not have an image of the back presently)
A Program emblem (either for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Exploring; later Venturing) is worn above the zippered
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
A Blue version of this jacket also exist, primarily for Explorers.
Here's links to other pages which illustrate the other types of Scouting jackets:
In wool or wool-blends:
In cotton or cotton-blends:
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