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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.
Cub Scout/Exploring Jac-Shirt
The following discussion is about the jac-shirt designed for wear by Cub Scouts and Explorers. This is the jac-shirt I am looking for in either a large or extra-large size.
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 Cub Scout/Exploring Jac-shirt:
In 1972, the BSA, attempting to capitalize on the success and popularity of the existing red and "Pedro" jac-shirts, designed a special version of the jac-shirt for
wear by Cub Scouts and their adult volunteers, called back then "Cubbers". The "Cubber" jac-shirt also had a matching wool Cubber blue beret which was
an optional wear piece by Cub Scouters. Cub Scouts could not wear the beret.
Blue "Cub Scout/Cubber's/Exploring" jac-shirt (front) (thanks Cortney Grosz)
Blue "Cub Scout/Cubber's/Exploring" jac-shirt (back)
The backside is plain
Woolrich also designed and manufactured this version of the jac-shirt, as they did for all of the other versions.
The biggest diference between the Cub Scout and Boy Scout jac-shirt was the number of buttons (one on the Cub Scout; two on the Boy Scout) and of course, the
smaller sizes available for Cub Scouts as young as eight years old. The insignia placement was the same; and a special Cub Scout program emblem was designed to be worn on the left center pocket.
At any rate, the jackets did not sell well. Most Cub Scouters preferred the red jac-shirt to the blue; and most Cub Scouting parents found the $40.00 jac-shirt too
pricy In 1975, the BSA remarketed the jac-shirt, adding a small white and blue Exploring emblem to be worn on the center of the left pocket of the jac-shirt, and making it available to Explorers to wear.
Exploring jacket pocket patch for both jac-shirt and lighter weight jackets
Sea Exploring jacket pocket patch for both jac-shirt and lighter weight jackets
Along that same period, the BSA also developed the blue nylon "Action Jacket" for wear by Explorers featuring the same "Big E" emblem, which would be worn above the zipper pocket on the jacket.
Generic Exploring emblem for wear on the left pocket of the red jac-shirt or above the zipper on the red"Action Jacket"
The jac-shirts were sold during the 1976 National Explorer Presidents' Congress and a large eight-inch National Explorer Presidents' Congress emblem was also sold which could be placed centered on the back of the blue jac-shirt.
National Explorer Presidents' Congress emblem; this is the 4-inch version but there was also an 8-inch version for wear centered on the back of the jac-shirt in a similiar manner as to other large emblems. One such back patch is supposed to be worn for best uniforming.
When the Congress moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1978, a large back patch was offered during that Congress as well. In 1979, the BSA decided that the blue jac-shirt was not going to be as popular as the red ones, and "fire sold" all of the remaining stock. The BSA Supply Group (Division) informed me back in 2000 that there were a limited number of the Congress back patches sold and that the reminder went to the land fill after a small number of purchases; nobody could tell me about the number of jac-shirts sold and if there were large or extra-large jac-shirts sitting on a shelf somewhere in the backside of the National Distribution Center in North Carolina.
(This is why I am holding out that somewhere are a large or extra-large jac-shirt, either presented to a professional Exploring executive, a member of the BSA's National Exploring Cabinet or one of their advisors; or purchased by an Exploring leader or member and stored/forgotten about in a closet, attic or at the dry cleaners. I have a bounty for anyone who finds me one of these jac-shirts -- contact me please and thanks!)
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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