Just like my other post in the Scouts BSA forum, I have some questions regarding the construction of a Sea Scout uniform. I joined this wonderful program last year in July, and since then, I have not made a uniform to wear. I am uncertain what can and cannot be worn, and from what can be worn, what should be worn. As an eighteen-year old, I am considered a youth in Sea Scouts BSA. Therefore, I have plenty of questions that have been left unanswered for quite some time.
1.) My ship wears a “Plank Owner” patch to signify those founding members who joined in the first year when the unit was created. However, it said patch authorized for wear by National or is it a custom-made patch that my ship only wears? I have looked up the Founder’s Bar and wanted to know if this is the official patch that should be worn.
2.) Since I earned the Arrow of Light award as a Webelos, do I wear the patch that I wore under the left side pocket on my Scouts BSA uniform or the square knot like a Venturer would?
3.) Since I underwent NYLT, am I allowed to wear the NYLT trained patch in place of the Sea Scouts trained one? Does the NYLT trained patch outweigh the Sea Scouts one or vice versa, meaning do I wear one over the other just as a Scout usually wears the NYLT one over a normal trained patch on a Scouts BSA uniform?
4.) What is allowed to be officially worn on the Sea Scout uniform? I remember reading in Guide to Awards and Insignia that a Sea Scout may wear certain awards and patches that a normal Scout would wear on his or her uniform. What does this necessarily mean? Has National differentiated between what is and is not allowed? For instance, may a Sea Scout wear service pins, interpreter strip(s), the recruiter patch, multiple square knots up to six, the Messenger of Peace ring, and an Order of the Arrow lodge flap?
5.) In comparison to the youth uniform, what may the adults wear on their uniform? What needs to be taken off when a youth ages out?
6.) Since Order of the Arrow has now officially allowed Venturers and Sea Scouts to join, does a Sea Scout wear the sash over the right shoulder as usual but not under an epaulet since the uniform does not have them?
These are all of my questions in each category. Thank you for your help, guidance, wisdom, and overall time on this matter. It is highly appreciated!
Yours in Scouting,
Jordan “Orca” Diliberto
Sea Scouts Ship 1830