You might have seen that piece of cloth wrapped around a scout member’s neck, right? That is what you call a scout scarf! And people celebrate the day with lots of arrangements. This world scout scarf day is widely celebrated around the globe on the very first day of August. Whether you are an active or a formal scout member, on this day, you get a chance to showcase your pride for the scout by wearing a yellow piece of cloth (the scout scarf) around your neck.
You might be wondering when the time it all started was. And we request you to hold your horses as we unleash the history in front of you. Technically, you must always initiate a conversation with history, background, and the past. It helps readers to keep it all in sequence. And keeping that in mind, we have decided to operate our time machine one more time just so that we can take you back to 1904!
The founder of the World Boy Scouts — Baden-Powell
If you haven’t heard about Baden-Powell, then we have to ask you to take a break and read about him before you give this article a further read.
Born in 1857 and left the world around 1941, Baden-Powell was the founder of the world scouting movement. And not just that, he was also a writer and a soldier. Anyhow, back in 1904, after observing everything quite seriously, Baden reached the point where he could witness how the young generation was drifting apart into misery and violent behavior.
Nine-days Adventure trip
This led him to realize that the Britain youth needed a hand that could help them to come out and become a responsible citizen. It took him three years, and in 1907, he managed to gather 20 boys from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The group of 20 boys was all set to go on a 9-days adventure trip. Little did they know that they were about to be instructed and trained to become a professional scout team.
Baden spent his time teaching them about everything that was going on in the world. Apart from that, we think the toughest part might have been the one where they had to understand why this is all essential. By the time the training was over, boys were quite sure about the skills they got to learn. They became proficient in first aid, camping, survival skills, and loyalty.
With the amount of effort Powell put into this, everyone was certain that the world was not just going to remember it but also celebrate it. That group of 20 boys was the first ever boys scout group, and it has become a sort of ritual to celebrate their achievements and effort as individuals and responsible citizens.
What is Scout Scarf Day?
Now that was about the World Boy Scouts. However, the scout scarf is a different celebration. Plus, it was not celebrated until 2007. That was the year when they started observing it as a renowned day as well. As we have mentioned earlier, the sole purpose of celebrating this day is to let the world know that “once a scout, always a scout.”
There are various ways to show your support for the scout, and one of them is observing the scout scarf day on August 1. You can either wear a simple yellow scarf around your neck to show your soldiery, or else you can make yourself custom badges, but how? That is what we are going to talk about in this article.
Types of Scout badges you must customize this World Scout Scarf Day!
Below, we will mention different scout badges that can be customized. Plus, you can also get them personalized from different online websites. At the end of the day, the purpose is just to show how much you are connected to your roots. So let’s get started, shall we?
Apologies to the former scout members because this one is for the current scout. However, you don’t have to feel bad; you have been here before, right? And if you still have this award from the time you joined scout, you can still showcase it on scout scarf day with your neckerchief!
Joining in Badges
Joining in insignias are specially designed to award members each year for being in the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, or Explorer. Plus, it keeps you updated about how long you have been in the scouts. We hope that we still have the old ones even after receiving a new joining in the award.
Stripes for leadership
Particularly designed for patrol leaders for the indication of their role. Hence, if you come under this category, this is for you!
Moving on badges
As the name shows, this custom scout badge can be worn throughout the time you serve in scout troops. Until and unless you receive the next move on the badge!
Challenge awards are the best if you want to showcase how many challenges you took during your services in the scouts. But only those members who attend extra activities and seminars are given the challenge rewards.
Then comes the Chief Scout badge, also considered the highest reward in the scout section. Therefore, you better be deserving to get this one for yourself. You have to accomplish all the challenges to receive Chief Scout’s gold reward. So if you have the following award, you better showcase it!
Lastly, there is a wide range of activity badges, and you receive each after completing your challenge. Although, it depends on you which activity badge you are willing to name yourself. There is a total of 73 activity badges, and to earn them, you might have to have a little session with your leader so that he can guide you through it. The great thing about activity badges is that it covers almost every domain. Hence, if you think you won’t find something of your interest, we beg to differ! Because you will!
Who would have thought that something that started a decade ago would still be celebrated with enthusiasm globally? It does not matter how much time you have given to the scouts; you are going to be a part of it for the longest you can imagine. So the next time someone tells you that you are a former scout member, you aren’t supposed to keep the badges; tell them, “once a scout, always a scout!”