> updated 22/10/09
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.
The following discussion is about the green and later red poplin jackets which the BSA developed as alternatives to the heavier green and red jac-shirts.
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 those other jackets.
Green Poplin Jackets:
As the green jac-shirts became the "professional's jackets", a lighter-weight green jacket made from a cotton poplin material which resisted moisture, was also developed. Explorers started wearing the jacket and it became a hit with Explorers because it came close to matching the Exploring green field uniform.
Green "Scout Executive's" /Explorer jacket (front)
This jacket was originally called the "Scout Executive's jacket" for several years; it was later worn by however in 1960 it was re-packaged as the "Explorer field jacket".
Green "Scout Executive's"/Explorer jacket (back)
However, fearing complaints from the people behind the annual Masters® golf tournament, the BSA stopped providing these jackets and by 1964, the jackets were all but gone off the shelves.
Red Poplin jacket
When the BSA introduced the red jac-shirt, they also introduced a red poplin jacket (along with a lighter weight cotton jacket). This jacket provided the "cut rate" version of the jac-shirt for a lot of Scouts who could not afford the $50 jac-shirt. This jacket ran $11.50 in the BSA supply catalog and never got higher than $20 over it's run.
During the 1973 National Scout Jamboree, this jacket along with the red jac-shirt was "required" by Jamboree participants.
Red poplin jacket (front)
Insignia on the jac-shirt, poplin jacket, and cotton blend jacket are identical in placement even though the lighter weight jackets do not have breast pockets.
Red poplin jacket (back)
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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