Posted 4 years ago
The red beret was perhaps the sharpest looking piece of BSA headwear. Unfortunately it was not popular and was replaced by a base ball style cap. Not sure why it was unpopular, perhaps a function vs form thing.
The beret became available to the Boy Scouts in 1973. It was available to venture scouts in 1971 but in 1973 it was official for all boy scouts.
Luckily any head gear that is declared official is official for all time. But the troop has to vote on it and then they must all wear the same head gear aka hat. Unluckily these are not common. Looks like about a couple dozen on ebay enough for one troop.
This example does not have the official BSA logo in the top inside but does have a made in USA tag. Could possibly be a 1980s reissue.
In the meantime there is a free bonus sash thanks to Bill. I believe it to be period correct for the uniform.