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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 Shoulder Trained

"Trained" Strip emblem

Scott Andrews asked:

Does anyone use the "Trained" patch to recognize youth that have gone through youth training of any kind?

Present "Legacy" Trained Strip/patch (top)
Present "Centennial" Trained Strips (left Cub Scouting; right all other programs)

I don't know about anyone else, Scott, but it's BSA POLICY that youth members whom are trained receive the "Trained" strip and wear the strip during the tenure of their office. After their tenure's up, they remove the strip until they are either trained in the new position or reelected or reappointed in their youth leadership position.

The immediate reference to this is found in the BSA's official Insignia Guide, in the Boy Scout and Explorer sections and in the section on volunteer and youth training. There's also some brief discussion on this matter in the old (current) Scoutmasters' Handbook.

Adults whom complete basic training for the position in which they wear the badge of office on their uniform (registered or as a "multiple") also wear this strip to signify their training.

Older Scouters remember that a version of this strip has been around off and on for a while.

Before the BSA went wild with colorful insignia, a set of "Trained" strip corresponding to the background color of the uniform (or contrasting in the case of the Boy Scout "Trained leader" patch, as shown below), were available for wear by those that completed basic and some intermediate training for their registered position.


Old Trained strips for Cub Scouting (left), Boy Scouting (center) and Exploring (right)

From 1972 to 1980, the BSA created special fully embrodered versions of key adult positions. These special "Cornerstone" versions of the patches were only available initially to those that completed the Cornerstone course (a cross between basic and Fast Start) and had some period of time to use the skills learned in the course. Of course, these special patches became hot items for patch collectors and those that would rather wear the full-colored ones instead of the partially-sewn versions. The BSA finally abandoned the program...it just needed some quality control from the local Council level, that's all...and released the patches out to the local Councils.

"Cornerstone" patches were available for all Cub Scouting positions (including Den Mother, which was being phased out in favor of Den Leader) and Assistant, and for Troop Committee Chair, Troop Committeemember, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and District Executive (for a short period of time). Those limited numbers of District Executive, Troop Committee Chair and Troop Committee patches have become very rare items.


Seen an "old timer" around wearing one of these?? Trained SMs used to wear the ones on the left; untrained ones would wear the regular ones on the right. The BSA introduced the Trained Strip in 1980 to "replace" the fully embrordered patches for trained leaders. You can still see some Scouters wear them and they are still considered "offical" as long as the leader wearing it has completed the BASIC training for the position. Better have a card ready if you wear one of those patches!

Furthermore, does anyone know of a list of requirements or regulations regarding the "Trained" patch?

The "Trained" strip is presented by the trainer to those individuals whom have completed the basic training appropriate to their postition. For instance, adults normally receive the "Trained" strip at the conclusion of Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturing basic training courses. Den Chiefs receive the strip at the conclusion of the Den Chief's Workshop held on a District or Council basis. Senior Patrol Leaders and others receive the strip when their Scoutmaster concluded the Troop Operations Workshop. Venturing youth leaders will receive the strip at the conclusion of the Venturing Leadership Workshop. Finally, professionals should wear the "Trained" strip at the conclusion of their three-phased training insitute (PEI-III).

The standard sized OR the "smaller sized" (see below) "Trained" strip goes under (and should be touching) the emblem of office in which the person is trained when wearing the "legacy" or older shirts; or when wearing the current "Centennial" uniform shirts which does NOT have the "technology pocket" on the left shoulder. This graphic shows that the person is "doublly trained" ("overtrained?")

The smaller "Trained" strip is worn *on the flap* of the "technology pocket" (the left shoulder pocket) when wearing the "Centennial" uniform shirt. There are two versions:
The green bordered and lettered version should be worn by Venturers and Venturing adults, Sea Scouting adults and Sea Scouts; and by Boy/Varsity Scouts and Scouters. The red bordered and lettered version should be worn by Cub Scouting adults.

new/current Trained strips for wear
Current Strips for wear with the "Centennial" uniform (or any other field uniform).

"Trained" wall certificate for presentation with the strip

There are other UNOFFICIAL strips which state other training status ("overtrained", "pottytrained", "untrainable") of the individual; but for CORRECT uniforming those strips should NOT be worn.

Our DE has indicated that our district leaves the use of the "Trained" patch, for youth wear, to the discretion of the Troop Committee.

He too, needs to pick up a copy of the BSA's Insignia Guide or the newer Guide to Awards and Recognitions and take a look at what it states.

The wording cannot be any clearer.

I will be asking the TC to approve requirements for youth earning the "Trained" patch but my PLC has yet to decide on what requirements to include for suggestion to the TC. I have been leaning toward: earn First Class Rank and participate in a Junior Leadership Training workshop.

The First Class requirement is off-base, Scott. The ONLY requirement is that they complete the training for their position, and for Boy Scout Troop leaders, it's the Troop Operations Workshop (but the JLT course done on a District or Council basis should also suffice...but you should be doing the training YOURSELVES (and save *grinning*)!

Hope this helps out. Great question!

Graphic from template -left side

Individual pages explain each element found here:

Council Shoulder Strip
Unit Veteran Bars
Unit numbers
Position emblems
Brownsea Junior Leadership Training emblem
Trained Strip
Commissioner Arrowhead Honor Award


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