Recruiter Strips and Patches
The BSA has had some sort of strip or emblem to recognize those Scouts
and Scouters whom have assisted or actually recruited another to
become a part of the BSA since the middle 40s.
The first strips were made out of linen or silk and only had the word
"Recruiter" on it. As time went onward, the BSA introduced strips tied
to the current national program theme.
The current strip was first introduced in the middle 80s and many thought
that because of its size and similarity to the Interpreter strips, that it
belonged above the "Boy Scouts of America" strip on the right side of the
uniform. Incorrect. The strip has always gone either on the bottom part of
the right uniform pocket or below the right uniform pocket.
It is currently worn below the right uniform pocket of the Cub Scout, Boy/Varsity
Scout, Venturing, Sea Scouting, or volunteer uniform. Professional Scouters do
not normally wear recruiter strips but they may wear a temporary "Roundup" patch
to assist with promotion of the recruitment drive.
Many Scouters have been looking for some official written description of how
a Scout earns the Recruiter strip.
The Recruiter strip is a local Council option.
Some Councils use the strip because its the cheapest way to promote the program
and provide a meaningful recognition piece for Scouts and Scouters. Other
Councils create a special "Roundup" patch to present to Scouts and a matching
coffee mug for adults who recruit another Scout or Scouter.
If a Council provides a "Roundup" or "Recruiter" patch or emblem, it is
considered a temporary item and is worn centered on the right pocket of the Scout,
Venturer, Sea Scout, or Scouter uniform.
There is no time period for the Scout or Scouter to remain an active member
before the recruiter strip or emblem is presented, for once the fees are collected
and turned in, the person is approved as a member of the BSA until either the
expiration of the unit's charter or the expiration of the individual registration
certificate, whichever is later.
examples of recruiting insignia and coffeemug
There are SOME Councils who do NOT offer ANY form of recognition for Scouts or
Like the different ways that recruiters can be recognized, there's different
ways that the "requirements" can be applied by the Council. Most Councils
require that the application is filled out, accompanied by the required
national fee, signed and submitted to the local Council office.
Some Councils require that the application be submitted, with or without the
registration fee. Still other Councils require that the application be
submitted to the Council office and approved by the District's Executive.
Finally, there are some other Councils whom do not require applications to be
submitted at all...
The best way to find out how your Council handles recruiter strips is
to ask your Council's Registrar or your Unit's Commissioner. They will be in the
best position to let you know about the procedure your Council has chosen to
recognize those wanting to increase the number of youth members in the unit.
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