Tuesday Talkback: What do you do when a Scout has a patch sewn on wrong?

Tuesday-TalkbackYou’ll notice it right away, of course.

You’ll see Tristan across the room at your pack or troop meeting this week and instantly spot the unit numerals on the wrong sleeve, the rank patch on the wrong pocket or the World Crest way too low on his field uniform shirt.

What do you do? Call Tristan out in front of the group so other Scouts learn from his mistake? Hand him a needle and some thread and send him out of the room? Email his parents after the meeting? Something else?

Leave a comment below with your answer, and let’s have a discussion about the best way to handle this common concern. This is the first of a recurring series of posts I’m calling Tuesday Talkback

15 years ago…

Look back in time with answers to a similar question from the September 1998 issue of Scouting magazine.

See also

For an excellent look at sewing on Scout patches, including tips you can send to parents, check out the rundown on Clarke Green’s unofficial blog.

Note: Just so we’re clear, the Life rank patch is on the wrong pocket in the image I used for this post!

109 thoughts on “Tuesday Talkback: What do you do when a Scout has a patch sewn on wrong?

  1. I just got back into scouting and had my son crossover last week. I have properly applied his patches to his uniform and properly have attached them to my leadership shirt. (I am registering to at our council to be a leader as well) My question is that can me and my new boy scout wear the centennial ring around the World Crest even though neither of us were registered scouts in 2010? I have purchased 4 centennial rings from ebay since our council store was out of them for our four uniforms, but the boy scout troop “sewing lady” mentioned the “ring” was ONLY for scouts who were actually boy scouts in 2010. From what I have read and searched on internet I have not found this as a restriction just a supply problem. I am in St. Louis Area Council in Mo. Could the council have its own ruling with its own stipulation that may be contrary to others? Yes I know I could call them in the morning but wasn’t just going to rely on the receptionist answering the phone.

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