Where to Wear It?
On the Scouts-L discussion group a member raised the question of where
to wear the Mile Swim, Snorkeling and Paul Bunyan Awards on the uniform. Mike
Walton's responded as follows:
The Mile Swim and Snorkeling BSA emblems are designed to be worn on the
Scout's swim trunks. That's where I had my Mile Swim emblem. That's the same
place where the Aquatics Instructor, BSA and the Scout Lifeguard emblems go as
(Since the original date of this posting, several other awards have been
created, including the Kayaking BSA, Boardsailing BSA, and SCUBA BSA emblems.
They all are considered "aquatics insignia" and are designed to be worn only on
The Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award goes on a Scout's backpack or blanket or on a
patch jacket or vest. The same goes with the full color Historic Trails and
50-Miler emblems. The leather emblems only go on a backpack.
(Again, in a change since the original date of this posting, the BSA now
allows those items, called "equipment decoration insignia" to be worn on camping
equipment such as the sides of tents, tarps, or bags. However, whether leather
or cloth, none of these badges belong on a uniform or merit badge sash; and if
worn on a jacket, the emblems should be worn on the back side or below the
pockets of the jacket.)
The reason why those items are NOT worn on the uniform is because these
represent program items above and beyond what the average Scout or Venturer does
as a participant in the program. These special emblems are designed to be worn
where people in and out of Scouting will see them - in the case of the aquatics
emblems, on the swim trunks.