I’m a longtime scouter, but only recently back involved at the CS Pack level.
When we went to the scout shop recently to purchase the rank badges, the scout shop sold us Lion badges that are diamond shaped just like the Wolf/Bear/Bobcat/Tiger ones. This caught us off guard and we were told by the shop clerk that this is the new lion badge. However we can’t find any reference to this “new version” anywhere in BSA publications such as the insignia guide or anywhere else. Everything I can see in the BSA documentation is pointing to a rectangular lion badge worn beneath the other badges below the pocket. And it looks like that badge was a fairly recent addition in 2018.
The diamond shaped badges do have the official looking BSA backing. But it has a rolled edge stitch rather than the cut edge that the other CS rank badges have. When I google it, the only place I find it is on eBay. It’s not shown at scoutshop.org or in any BSA pubs I can find. Scoutshop.org shows the rectangular badge and that it’s a restricted item, indicating that it’s for rank.
If this diamond shaped badge is indeed the new version, how is it to be worn?
If this isn’t the official rank badge, why did the scout shop even have it?
Did we just have an ill informed scout shop clerk?