Temporary Insignia

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Temporary insignia are issued for such events as summer camp, camporees, and Scouting shows. Order of the Arrow regional and national meetings and training activities may also provide such insignia (the Totin' Chip patch is also temporary insignia).


Only one such patch may be worn at a time. The patch is worn centered on the right pocket and must neither exceed the dimension of the seams of the pocket nor extend higher than the lowest tip of the pocket flap. It may be either sewn or suspended from under the flap attached to the button.


Female leaders wearing either the traditional yellow Cub Scout leader blouse, the optional tan leader blouse, or the Venturing blouse may wear one temporary insignia centered above the Boy Scouts of America or Venturing BSA strip.


Temporary insignia are not required for correct uniforming. Consider displaying temporary insignia in ways other than on the uniform. Here are some suggestions:

  • Wear it on a BSA red patch vest, campfire robe or blanket, or special neckerchief.
  • Display it on a wall plaque, on a trophy hide, or mounted in a frame.
  • Make a special neckerchief slide, sectional totem pole, or flagpole insignia for display.
  • Avoid shapes and sizes that could too closely resemble a council shoulder emblem.
Guide to Awards and Insignia (Section 1: Special Regulations)

Official BSA awards and recognitions that are worn as temporary insignia:

Cub Scouting:

Special Note: the Whittling Chip is NOT for uniform wear.


Boy Scouting:

Special Note: For Boy Scouts, temporary patches (no badges of rank) may be worn on the back of the merit badge sash.


Venturing/Sea Scouting:


All Programs:

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