Patrol Insignia originated with The Boy Scouts Association in England and was adopted by the Boy Scouts of America as part of the official uniform in 1912. Used not only as a means of indicating to which patrol a Scout belonged, Patrol Insignia also helped establish unity, spirit, honor, and tradition in the patrol unit. Through the years, patrol identification has evolved from color coded neckerchiefs and braided ribbons to black silkscreened emblems on red wool felt to colorfully embroidered emblems on twill cloth.

      This is a guide to identifying Patrol Insignia as issued by the Boy Scouts of America and is intended as a historical reference for those individuals who seek to preserve these artifacts for posterity. It uses documented information as recorded in official BSA publications. Factual notes have been inserted where applicable to provide as much informational detail as possible. Insignia is identified by the Series (type) issued and Patrol Names are listed alphabetically. Descriptions are based on the general design of each emblem and the applied backing type.

      An extensive amount of research went into dating each Patrol Name/Emblem, initially in an effort to verify or eliminate unconfirmed issues, which yielded a fairly accurate overview of which emblems were available and when. In most instances dates were easily determined for when certain Patrol Emblems were introduced and/or discontinued, while others were harder to pinpoint because of the periodic nature of the references used and an approximated date was unfortunately the best result. Discontinuation dates for emblems are presumed to coincide with the applicable series change. A special effort was placed on determining when each series or type of insignia was first made available which resulted in a few interesting discoveries. Evidence contrary to the dates provided for any Patrol Insignia would be greatly appreciated.

      As with any publication or effort concerning Scouting Memorabilia there is a modicum of inaccuracy of some sort that inevitably occurs. Feedback, corrections, and/or additions to this work can be made by contacting:

David C. Paterson