As we’re awarding ranks to the scouts, this caused me as the Pack Advancement Chair to question if we should be buying the Oval Webelos badge or the diamond badge. So I started off by researching the old forums and the best post I could find was dated over a year ago and read:
One of the videos on the Family Scouting Program also indicates that once stock of the yellow Wolf hats and neckerchiefs is sold, Wolves will transition to a red neckerchief and hat to match the Wolf rank emblem. The Bear rank emblem is changing from a blue/green to blue to match the hat and neckerchief. The diamond Webelos rank emblem is being retired and all Webelos will wear the tan shirt with green pants starting with the 2018-19 program year. The blue shirt and pants will be for Tigers, Wolves and Bears with Lions continuing to wear a blue t-shirt.
So off I go with more research. I found the video on scouting.org that supports this information and also confirmed with the current Cub Scout Insignia Guide. On the other hand, I am a little surprised that at least in our council and a year later, the Scout Shops are still carrying the traditional items (yellow Wolf, teal Bear, Webelos diamond, etc) and in my conversations with 3 of the local shops, it doesn’t appear that’ll change anytime soon.
So … what have folks done in the past for the Webelos badge? Did you award both the oval and the diamond? Did you only award one of them and have the parent by the alternative badge based on their choice of shirt as an AOL? Or did you ask each scout’s family in advance their preference?
Since “old” uniforms are always “good” uniforms, I don’t want to force parents who would otherwise still have their AOL scouts fit in a blue uniform have to buy a new tan uniform just because of a badge change, perhaps getting one more year of use before buying new when they crossover.