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Spiffy Red Boy Scout Beret 1970s Possibly 1980s

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    Posted 1 year ago

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    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.


    1. Caperkid, 1 year ago
      What is the significance of the Fleur de lis ?
    2. Caperkid, 1 year ago
      I think berets look great on men. Boys look like girls with berets compared to ball caps. Just a thought.
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Nice Beret Brian, and that Sash looks great too! :^)
      I saw a Boy Scout ball cap at the Thrift Store today, made in USA, but had a bar code on it, so not very old. I did get a Boy Scouts Of America 1950's metal Official First Aid Kit, with belt loops on the back, it's empty but has a list of everything that's inside the kit, printed on the inside of the lid. It's green with red lettering, and also says prepared by Johnson + Johnson! :^)
    4. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Here Roy this might help:

      Boy Scouts Fleur de Lis meaning
      Baden-Powell included a design for the Scout's badge in his work, Scouting for Boys, which was a simple fleur-de-lis with the motto "Be Prepared" on a scroll below it. ... The plumes of the fleur-de-lis became symbols for Service to Others, Duty to God, and Obedience to the Scout Law.
      World Scout Emblem - Wikipedia
    5. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much Caperkid. Bill got your fleur-de-lis question. As for the beret that is a possibility. Also berets are not an item American boys wear. Perhaps they could go back to the garrison style cap.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much Bill. The green ball cap is current. The first aid kit is a nice find and 5s sounds right.
      Also thanks for the info on the fleur-de-lis.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you
    8. elanski elanski, 1 year ago
      I like the beret, not seen that before
    9. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much elanski.
    10. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you
    11. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you Brunswick.
    12. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you
    13. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      He's very suave.
    14. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much racer4four. Another yea for the beret.
    15. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you mikelv85.

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