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Backcountry Cuisine Hate to break it to those veteran Scouters out there, but the canned Beanie Weenees and charred hot dogs of camp-outs past are sooooo yesterday. Now the whole gang can get their backwoods gourmet on with Jetboil’s mobile cooking systems. The 1.5-liter version is the Group Cooking System


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DOUBLE DUTY


From 1915 to 1925, one-piece patches called combination- rank badges signified both a Scout’s rank and the position he held in his troop. Scouts


who were patrol leaders, for example, sported a badge embroidered mostly in silver thread, while nonpatrol leaders wore one that was mostly done in gold thread. A scribe’s badge had crossed quills below the rank. A bugler’s had a bugle below the rank. During those years, the


highest rank was First Class.


Life, Star, and Eagle were considered honors. Thus, an Eagle Scout would wear a First Class badge on his sleeve and display the Eagle medal on his pocket. If he was a patrol leader and also held another position, the badge would be silver with the posi- tion underneath also in silver. This set contains the first


Tenderfoot badge in cloth. Before this time, a Scout who had earned the Tenderfoot


rank would get a pin. A patch was not available until 1921. The rarest finds in the


series are the Tenderfoot patrol leader, bugler, or scribe as that would indicate that the highest rank of the patrol leader was Tenderfoot and that he was also serving as the troop scribe or troop bugler. In 1926, the BSA began


providing separate patches for rank and positions.


FIRST CLASS BUGLER


SECOND CLASS BUGLER


SECOND CLASS PATROL LEADER AND SCRIBE


SECOND CLASS PATROL LEADER


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THIS OLD PATCH


PATCHES COURTESY OF ROY MORE


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