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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.


Boy/Varsity Scout Uniform Left Front Scout Rank

Boy Scout Ranks over the years...

I have finally put together my collection of the BSA's rank badges. They are divided by the era of our program that they have been used.

RankThese badges were used
between 1936 and 1971
These badges were used
between 1972 and 1989
These are the current badges
used after 1989
Did not exist
Second Class
First Class

Two notes: first, while many of those rank badges have been presented after the time periods stated, the time periods indicated above are the periods in which the BSA says through their official documents are the periods of usage of those insignia. Many Scouts for instance, received the full color versions of the rank insignia as currently as 1994 or 95 due to the fact that local Councils sold off the fully-colored insignia before they ordered or stocked the tan-backgrounded insignia; likewise, many Eagle Scouts may have received one of the older Eagle Scout cloth badges because that is what local Councils had in stock and rather than to throw away otherwise good badges, they simply exhausted their supplies before ordering or stocking the newer versions.

Finally, there are several versions of the Eagle Scout Badge which has been used between 1964 and the present; thanks to several Scouters, many of those badges are available on a separate Eagle Scout page!

While the badges are the "visible proof", the skills behind earning the various Boy Scout ranks are the most important part of the advancement process.


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