A Word About Jamboree Patches
 

ADVICE FROM 2010

So, you came back from the Jamboree and want to know:

"WHICH Badge Do I Wear and WHERE Do I Wear It?"

Here's the information from the BSA's Jamboree Service.  Much of this information has not changed since the last National Scout Jamboree -- but there are some SPECIAL INSIGNIA ITEMS to this Jamboree which makes updating this page essential.  As the new insignia is rolled out and I have received permission to post illustrations, they will be added to this page:

*The OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem is a three-inch diameter emblem in seven colors depicting the BSA's logo, a portion of the United States flag, an eagle, the letters "BSA" and 2010. Surrounding this design are the words "National Scout Jamboree" and "100 Years of Scouting". ALL OTHER EMBLEMS NOT CARRYING THIS COPYRIGHTED DESIGN -- staff emblems, special area emblems, activity emblems, Jamboree Shoulder Patch (JSP) emblems -- ARE NOT CONSIDERED THE OFFICIAL JAMBOREE EMBLEM.

* The OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem is worn six months PRIOR, during the Jamboree, and FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD AFTER the Jamboree is over by youth and adults who have PARTICIPATED OR SERVED AS STAFF MEMBERS of the Jamboree. In other words, once you participated in or served as staff for this Jamboree, you may wear the emblem on your uniform until you participate or serve as staff for the NEXT Jamboree.

* If you have PARTICIPATED or SERVED ON STAFF of a previous National Scout Jamboree, a World Jamboree, or an approved International Encampment Event, you may wear THAT emblem in the place of (but NOT IN ADDITION TO) the 2010 National Scout Jamboree emblem.  In other words, ONLY ONE JAMBOREE EMBLEM (and any "segments" or "rockers" earned or received) IS WORN AT ANY GIVEN TIME ON THE FIELD UNIFORM.  For BEST uniforming, however, one should wear the MOST RECENT JAMBOREE EMBLEM (and any "segments" or "rockers" earned or received) on the field uniform.

*The OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem is a *registered trademark* of the BSA. While that did not stop some individuals from creating "knock offs" or "special tailored versions" of the emblem before this Jamboree (as in previous ones),  there are ONLY THREE OFFICIAL JAMBOREE EMBLEMS for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree which may be worn on the field uniform.

(at some point in time, I will post the official participant, adult and staff Jamboree emblems. I only have permission presently to post the participant Jamboree emblem -- I will be getting permission later to post the others).

*If you VISITED the Jamboree at any time, you MAY wear the Jamboree visitor emblem. This emblem (to be shown later) is worn centered on the RIGHT POCKET of the uniform by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and adults who VISITED the Jamboree. THIS EMBLEM IS NOT TO BE WORN IN THE LOCATION DESIGNATED FOR JAMBOREE/INTERNATIONAL ENCAMPMENT INSIGNIA.

*If you PARTICIPATED in the Jamboree as a youth or adult, or served as a member of the BSA's staff of the Jamboree (to include those military personnel participating in the Jamboree as staff members at the Jamboree headquarters, the Jamboree Department of Defense Joint Task Force, or as part of exhibitors (the Army Adventure Area, the Army Broadcast Service, International Exhibits, Relationships/Partnerships or at the Merit Badge Midway), you may wear the OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem for youth or adult one-inch above the "Boy Scouts of America", "Venturing - BSA" or "Sea Scouting - BSA" strip on your field uniform (or one inch above the interpreter strip(s). The ONLY emblems allowed to be worn in that position are one of the OFFICIAL Jamboree emblems as shown above.

Youth members who have earned one or all of the "segments" or "rockers" offered may wear those segments in any order surrounding the official Jamboree emblem (this is the reason why the Jamboree emblem is worn one-inch above the "Boy Scouts of America" or other strip -- to allow for the segments to also be worn if desired without having to re-sew or otherwise move the Jamboree emblem).

There are special items denoting this Centennial Jamboree:

* A special "ring Jamboree emblem" to surround the World Crest emblem was designed for PARTICIPANTS and STAFF members attending this National Scout Jamboree.  Like the Jamboree insignia, this special "Jamboree ring patch" which is designed to be worn with the World Crest insignia on the left side of the uniform shirt, may be worn up to SIX MONTHS PRIOR, DURING, and FOR AN INDEFINATE PERIOD AFTER THE JAMBOREE IS OVER by those PARTICIPANTS AND/OR STAFF MEMBERS OF THE 2010 NATIONAL SCOUT JAMBOREE. Scouts, Scouters, Venturers, Venturing leaders, volunteers and professionals who *visited* the Jamboree or did not go to the Jamboree MAY NOT WEAR this insignia -- it is a special incentive piece for those who attended and is considered "permanent wear" by those who have *participated* in the Centennial Jamboree.

* A special set of Jamboree shoulder loops has also been designed for those Scouts and Scouters, participants and staff members to wear before, during and for SIX MONTHS AFTER the Jamboree has concluded.  At the six month period, those special shoulder loops are to be replaced with the official shoulder loops denoting one's role in the Movement.

*JSPs (Jamboree Shoulder Patches) are worn by participant and staff members for six months PRIOR to, during the Jamboree, and for six months AFTER the Jamboree has concluded. Therefore, on Feburary 4, 2011, those wearing JSPs should remove them and replace them with a current Council Shoulder Patch (CSP) representing the local Council *in which they are registered*. There is NO EXCEPTION for "OA Service Corps members", "Trading Post Staff members" or "professionals working as part of a subcamp or region camp" to continue wearing the JSP after Feburary 2011.

*Likewise, special Jamboree Regional emblems worn by volunteers and professionals participating in the Jamboree may be worn for six months PRIOR to, during the Jamboree, and for six months AFTER the Jamboree has concluded. Afterwards, those emblems also must be removed and replaced with the current Regional emblem. Only those office-holders at the Area and Regional levels and those professionals employed within that Region wear Regional insignia.

Other insignia:

*If you or your Scout were fortunate to have received a special Chief Scout Executive emblem marking the Jamboree, treasure it!  I would *strongly recommend* that you place it somewhere in storage as the Chief Scout Executive will once again distribute a very few of those emblems to Scouts, Scouters and visitors during the Jamboree. I would NOT wear it; however, if you choose to wear it, it is designed as a TEMPORARY patch and therefore should be worn centered on the right pocket of the field uniform.

The special Chief Scout Executive emblem is identical to the official emblem he wears as the BSA's senior-most professional member. The difference is that centered on the bottom, above the words "Scout Executive" are the lettering "2010 NSJ".

*Special "flaps" designed for the Jamboree will continue to be the rage again this Jamboree. Order of the Arrow members may choose to wear the special OA flap from THEIR LODGE or the current official OA flap representing THEIR LODGE. Like with the Regional and JSP insignia, they may wear special OA Service Corps or Lodge special Jamboree flaps for six months PRIOR to the Jamboree, during the Jamboree and for six months AFTER the Jamboree has concluded. They may NOT wear OA flaps from other lodges nor "spoof flaps" with the official uniform. Lodge flaps are worn over the right pocket flap of the Scout, Venturer or adult uniform.

Flaps without the BSA's indicia should NOT be worn by youth nor adult members of the Boy Scouts of America.

All flaps produced after 1976 have one or more of the BSA's "indicia" which IDs it as an official Order of the Arrow lodge flap. Many flaps produced before 1976 do not carry such indicia, and because of the thread design used during before the present, can be easily verified as OA flaps. However, present flaps produced by an OA lodge will contain one or more of the BSA's indicia to make it "official" TO WEAR (you can collect as many flaps -- official and unofficial, spoof or special issue -- as you care to. We are talking here _only_ about WEARING, not collecting or trading or possession).

The BSA's indicia includes the lettering "W.W.W." denoting the flap as an official Order of the Arrow Lodge flap; the full-color or single-color fleur-de-lis(some flaps may have the fluer-de-lis double or triple-stitched into the emblem itself to 'hide it' -- if you hold it toward a light, one can see the emblem), and/or the wording "Boy Scouts of America" or "BSA". Just because the flap has an arrow on it, or is in the shape of a OA Lodge flap, or has the lettering "OA" does NOT make it an OFFICIAL OA Lodge flap.

*ALL OTHER SPECIAL JAMBOREE INSIGNIA, to include special emblems given at action centers, the Conservation area, the Merit Badge midway, the Jamboree headquarters, purchased at one of the three trading posts, QBSA (the Scout-owned radio station operating at the Jamboree), the Venturing area, the Sea Scout area, the Relationships/Partnerships displays, the Army Adventure Area, the National Guard Area, Hometown News, Scuba and WaterPark, BMX areas, religious service areas, national partner firms and organizations, and things given or exchanged "just because you're there" are ALL CONSIDERED "TEMPORARY INSIGNIA" and should be worn, ONE AT A TIME, centered on the right pocket of the field uniform or suspended from the right pocket button of the field uniform. They are NOT to be worn in the Jamboree emblem location; nor on the right shoulder below the US Flag emblem.  These emblems will become collectors' items fairly soon and it is recommended that they be stored instead of displayed. However, if one chooses to display them, they are fine to wear on patch vests, blankets and other personal items of the Scout or Scouter.


The National Scout Jamboree will bring in thousands of visitors daily, to include fellow Scouts and Scouters from all over the nation and during this Jamboree, visitors from around the world. It is important to remember that the official Jamboree insignia is restricted to those who have actually traveled to participate in or serve as staff members of the Jamboree. The wearing of the Jamboree visitors emblem by everyone visiting should provide a good compromise to those many Scouts and Scouters wanting to participate but had to settle with visiting the premiere event of the Boy Scouts of America.

By wearing your uniform correctly, you show others that the Jamboree is a special event and you were a proud part of it!!

We hope that you had a safe trip to and from the Jamboree and that you had a great time at the Jamboree. Here's hoping to seeing you in 2010 "At the Hill for the last time!"


Settummanque!
 

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ADVICE FROM 2001

So, you came back from the Jamboree and want to know:

"WHICH Badge Do I Wear and WHERE Do I Wear It?"

Here's the information from the BSA's Jamboree Service:

*The OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem is a three-inch diameter emblem in six colors depicting the BSA's logo, a portion of the United States flag, and the theme of the 2001 National Scout Jamboree. ALL OTHER EMBLEMS -- staff emblems, special area emblems, activity emblems, Jamboree Shoulder Patch (JSP) emblems -- ARE NOT CONSIDERED THE OFFICIAL JAMBOREE EMBLEM.

*The OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem is worn six months PRIOR, during the Jamboree, and FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD AFTER the Jamboree is over by youth and adults who have PARTICIPATED OR SERVED AS STAFF MEMBERS of the Jamboree. In other words, once you participated in or served as staff for this Jamboree, you may wear the emblem on your uniform until you participate or serve as staff for the NEXT Jamboree.

*The OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem is a registered trademark of the BSA. While that did not stop some individuals from creating "knock offs" or "special tailored versions" of the emblem, there are ONLY FOUR OFFICIAL JAMBOREE EMBLEMS, as shown below:

(Jamboree emblems: from left to right: youth participant, with RED Border; adult participant/staff member, with YELLOW border; staff emblem (given when feedback sheets are turned in at Jamboree or Region headquarters) with GREY (SILVER) border; and visitor emblem with BLACK border. All other emblems, to include those with the wording "staff" or "support", are NOT official BSA Jamboree emblems!)

*If you VISITED the Jamboree at any time, you MAY wear the Jamboree visitor emblem. This emblem, with a black border, is worn centered on the RIGHT POCKET of the uniform by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and adults who visited the Jamboree. THE BLACK BORDERED JAMBOREE EMBLEM IS NOT TO BE WORN IN THE PLACE FOR JAMBOREE EMBLEMS.

*If you PARTICIPATED in the Jamboree as a youth or adult, or served as a member of the BSA's staff of the Jamboree (to include those military personnel participating in the Jamboree as staff members at the Jamboree headquarters, the Jamboree Department of Defense Joint Task Force, or as part of exhibitors (the Army Adventure Area, the Army Broadcast Service, or at the Merit Badge Midway), you may wear the OFFICIAL Jamboree emblem for youth or adult one-inch above the "Boy Scouts of America", "Venturing - BSA" or "Sea Scouting - BSA" strip on your field uniform. The ONLY THREE emblems allowed to be worn in that position are the three OFFICIAL Jamboree emblems as shown above (the black-bordered ones are NOT to be worn in this location).

Youth members who have earned one or all of the five segments may wear those segments in any order surrounding the official Jamboree emblem (this is the reason why the Jamboree emblem is worn one-inch above the "Boy Scouts of America" or other strip -- to allow for the segments to also be worn if desired).

*JSPs (Jamboree Shoulder Patches) are worn by participant and staff members for six months PRIOR to, during the Jamboree, and for six months AFTER the Jamboree has concluded. Therefore, on Feburary 3, 2002, those wearing JSPs should remove them and replace them with a current Council Shoulder Patch representing the local Council *in which they are registered*. There is NO EXCEPTION for "OA Service Corps members", "Trading Post Staff members" or "professionals working as part of a subcamp or region camp" to continue wearing the JSP after Feburary 2002.

*Likewise, special Jamboree Regional emblems worn by volunteers and professionals participating in the Jamboree may be worn for six months PRIOR to, during the Jamboree, and for six months AFTER the Jamboree has concluded. Afterwards, those emblems also must be removed and replaced with the current Regional emblem. Only those office-holders at the Area and Regional levels and those professionals employed within that Region wear the Region emblem.

*If you or your Scout were fortunate to have received a special Chief Scout Executive emblem marking the Jamboree, treasure it. I would *strongly recommend* that you place it somewhere in storage as Chief Williams distributed a very few of those emblems to Scouts, Scouters and visitors during the Jamboree. I would NOT wear it; however, if you choose to wear it, it is designed as a TEMPORARY patch and therefore should be worn centered on the right pocket of the field uniform.

The special Chief Scout Executive emblem is identical to the official emblem he wears as the BSA's senior-most professional member. The difference is that centered on the bottom, above the words "Scout Executive" are the lettering "2001 NSJ".

*Special "flaps" designed for the Jamboree were the rage again this Jamboree. Order of the Arrow members may choose to wear the special OA flap from THEIR LODGE or the current official OA flap representing THEIR LODGE. Like with the Regional and JSP insignia, they may wear special OA Service Corps or Lodge special Jamboree flaps for six months PRIOR to the Jamboree, during the Jamboree and for six months AFTER the Jamboree has concluded. They may NOT wear OA flaps from other lodges nor "spoof flaps" with the official uniform. Lodge flaps are worn over the right pocket flap of the Scout, Venturer or adult uniform.

*Flaps without the BSA's indicia should NOT be worn by youth nor adult members of the Boy Scouts of America.

All flaps produced after 1976 have one or more of the BSA's "indicia" which IDs it as an official Order of the Arrow lodge flap. Many flaps produced before 1976 do not carry such indicia, and because of the thread design used during before the present, can be easily verified as OA flaps. However, present flaps produced by an OA lodge will contain one or more of the BSA's indicia to make it "official" TO WEAR (you can collect as many flaps -- official and unofficial, spoof or special issue -- as you care to. We are talking here _only_ about WEARING, not collecting or trading or possession).

The BSA's indicia includes the lettering "W.W.W." denoting the flap as an official Order of the Arrow Lodge flap; the full-color or single-color fleur-de-lis(some flaps may have the fluer-de-lis double or triple-stitched into the emblem itself to 'hide it' -- if you hold it toward a light, one can see the emblem), and/or the wording "Boy Scouts of America" or "BSA". Just because the flap has an arrow on it, or is in the shape of a OA Lodge flap, or has the lettering "OA" does NOT make it an OFFICIAL OA Lodge flap.

*ALL OTHER SPECIAL JAMBOREE INSIGNIA, to include special emblems given at action centers, the Conservation area, the Merit Badge midway, the Jamboree headquarters, purchased at one of the three trading posts, QBSA (the Scout-owned radio station operating at the Jamboree), the Venturing Forest, the Army Adventure Area, the National Guard Area, Hometown News, Scuba and WaterPark, and religious service areas are ALL CONSIDERED "TEMPORARY INSIGNIA" and should be worn, ONE AT A TIME, centered on the right pocket of the field uniform or suspended from the right pocket button of the field uniform. They are NOT to be worn in the Jamboree emblem location; nor on the right shoulder below the US Flag emblem; nor above the left pocket. These emblems will become collectors' items fairly soon and it is recommended that they be stored instead of displayed. However, if one chooses to display them, they are fine to wear on patch vests, blankets and other personal items of the Scout or Scout! er.

The National Scout Jamboree brought in thousands of visitors daily, to include fellow Scouts and Scouters from all over the nation. It is important to remember that the official Jamboree insignia is restricted to those who have actually traveled to participate in or serve as staff members of the Jamboree. The wearing of the black-bordered Jamboree emblem by everyone visiting should provide a good compromise to those many Scouts and Scouters wanting to participate but had to settle with visiting the premiere event of the Boy Scouts of America.

By wearing your uniform correctly, you show others that the Jamboree was a special event and you were a proud part of it!!

We hope that you had a safe trip to and from the Jamboree and that you had a great time at the Jamboree. Here's hoping to seeing you in 2005 "At the Hill!"

If you have specific questions not answered here, please post in our "ask USSSP" area.

Settummanque!


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