Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland and Catholic Scouts of Ireland.
Association Membership Badge
(Rawley Scout Badge)
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. Association Badge. The badge was worn, centred, on the left pocket of the uniform shirt by a Rawley Scout and moved according to rank, see below. The same badge was used for the three Scout ranks with the addition of the Bi Ullamh scroll for 1st Class. The cross was always red with gold shamrock.
Second Class Scout
After a Scout had met the requirement to become a second class Scout the Rawley badge was moved to the left sleeve of the uniform shirt half way between the elbow and the shoulder.
First Class Scout
When a Scout reach First Class Scout rank a felt Bi Ullamh badge was added below the Second Class Scout badge.
In the late 1970s or early 1980s (when it was no longer to acceptable to refer to a boy as second class) the Rawley and 2nd Class Scout ranks were dropped and the above badge was worn by all invested Scouts centred on the left pocket of the uniform shirt and was called the Membership Badge, the cross remained red but the shamrock was changed to green.
There are a large variety of colour shades.
Measures 70mm across. Commonly known as the blazer or activity jacket badge it was used for a verity of different things over the years, the first Beaver colonies used it as a membership badge.
Catholic Scouts of Ireland Name Strip
Name strips for the Catholic Scouts of Ireland, the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland admitted girls to the Venture Scouts in 1983 and became the Catholic Scouts of Ireland dropping the Boy from rules and references. There were various styles of name strip used, listed below, oldest first. The name strip was worn above the right uniform pocket.
It’s difficult to date name strips but the one above came of a uniform used in the early part of the 1940s. In the 1940s the old style Gaelic script was replaced with the more English type of script.
Gaelic Speakers Badge
The Irish Speakers badge was worn centred on the right pocket of the uniform shirt. Although the Gaelic Speakers Badge could be worn be all sections including Leaders it was most commonly see on the Boy Scout uniform.
Suaitheantas Spéisíalta na Gaeilge:Bronntar an suaitheantas se oar Ghasóga dílsithe atá idir 11 agus 18 mbliana déag d’aois mar chomhartha líofacht Gaeilge. Tá sé ar fáil do roinn na Sínsear agus roinn na Sóisear.
Gaelic speakers badge worn by all sections, the badge was worn on the uniform indicating that the wearer could speak Gaelic. The design is a stylised G for Gaelic. The were various shapes and different styles of G produced. Some designs produced are very similar the Irish Military badges worn by Gaelic speaking soldiers, the military badges tend to have red backgrounds. To be awarded the badge the Scout had to show a fluency in Gaelic.
Scout Service Star
Before the uniform shirt colour changed to light blue in 1978 the background colour of the service star badge was either green, navy blue or black, stars were described as gold colour but this could also be yellow. Earlier service star badges tend to contain the number of stars on one badge rather than the later method of adding a single star per badge per year.
Service Stars after 1978
Scout Service Star, yellow star on blue background. Badge measures 25mm by 25mm. 1 star for each full year of service in Scouts.
Beaver Scout membership badge
Measures 40mm by 40mm. The first Beaver Scout Colony was formed in Dublin in 1978. The new Beaver Scout section was approved by the C.S.I. National Council in 1980 by which time there were 26 Colonies in existence.
Officially known as the Footprint Trail the badges were more commonly known as Paw Prints. There were 8 different coloured paws.
Beaver Scout Slumber Night Badge. Measures 60mm by 40mm. Used by Scouting Ireland CSI and Scouting Ireland up to about 2010. Awarded to a Beaver Scout for their first overnight event.
Beaver Scout First Year Award. Measures 60mm by 40mm. Used by Scouting Ireland CSI and Scouting Ireland up to about 2010. Awarded to a Beaver Scout after their first year.
The First Year Award and the Slumber Night badge were designed to be worn above and below the Beaver Footprint Trail badges. There were a total of eight footprint badges arranged in two diamonds with the Slumber Night badge at the bottom of the lower diamond and the first year badge above the upper diamond.
Although not common today old publications referring to Irish Cub Scouts will often use the following Gaelic or Irish language terms:
Cub Scout badge
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. Cub Scout badge, worn on the cap when Cub Scouts wore caps.
Fiannaíocht (Tales) System
In 2002 the Catholic Scouts of Ireland introduced a scheme on Six Name badges for Gaelic Speaking Cub Packs. Eight badges depicting aspects of Irish Mythology were produced, some badges had several names in order to increase the amount of available names for Sixes. The scheme remained in use up to 2010, with the introduction of the One Programme it was decided that all Cub Packs should be bi-lingual. Non Irish speaking Cub Packs used a similar animal and bird name scheme for Six names as used by Scout Troops.
As part of the Fiannaíocht Scheme Sixes were known as Clans and Sixers were known as Rí, Rí is Gaelic for Chief. The badge was used from about 2004 up to 2010. The badge measures 55mm by 50mm.
Under the Fiannaíocht Scheme a Seconder was known as Aire, Aire is Gaelic for minister and comes from the old Irish Clan system where the Clan Chief’s adviser was known as a Minister. The badge measures 65mmby 20mm.
A series of eight different clan names badges were produced for the Fiannaíocht Scheme. Some of the badge had more than one name, Chúcullainn Clan badge was also used for as the Setanta Clan (Chúcullainn’s name before he killed the hound).
This badge was for Chúcullainn Clan, this badge was also known as Setanta (Chúcullainn’s name before he killed the hound). The badge measures 40mm across.
This badge was for the Brian Boru Clan and was also used for Brian Clan or Boru Clan. The badge measures 40mm across.
This badge was for Naomh Padraig Clan, Naomh Padraig is Gaelic for Saint Patrick. The badge measures 40mm across.
This badge was for Maeve and Gráinne Clans and relates to the story of Gráinne Ní Mháile better known as Grace O’Malley the pirate queen of Galway. The badge measures 40mm across.
This badge was for Round Tower clan. The badge measures 40mm across.
This badge was for An Talún Órga (The Golden land). An Talún Órga is an Irish legend with lost gold and the contest between 2 brother to become king. The badge measures 40mm across.
Diarmuid or Ferdia, the legend is a bit long and complicated, if you google either name you will find the story.
Conor MacNessa or Cormac MacAirt, the legend is a bit long and complicated, if you google either name you will find the story.
The Scout Uniform
Uniform Shirt Colour
From the 1st of January 1965 the official C.B.S.I. uniform shirt colour was according the U Book
Rule U7: Scouts
Shirt, Official pattern. This may at the discretion of the Diocese, be in Navy Blue or Grey. Long sleeved shirts are to be worn with rolled up sleeves unless otherwise permitted. In 1978 the colour changed to light blue.
The uniform as depicted in Come Scouting published by the C.B.S.I. in 1960. The C.B.S.I. Association badge is referred to as the Rawley Badge, as you can see from the image below by 1979 it was referred to as the Association Badge.
Up to 1960 Scouts wore a black Glengarry also referred to as a Bonnet or Caubeen. In 1960 this changed to a Beret. All official uniform Berets were stamped with the CBSI Scout Shop logo.
As can be seen in the image above the Glengarry, Bonnet or Caubeen cap had a broad ribbon which went round the top of the head, the back of the ribbon hung about 2 inches down at the back of the head.
In 1978 the uniform changed to the light blue shirt and navy blue trousers. As can be seen in the illustration above from the 1979 edition of the Scouting Trail the Bi Ullamh Scroll was no longer worn under the C.B.S.I. Cross. The black Beret was replaced with the United Nations type blue Beret.
Up to 1964 all Scouters including adult Leaders wore short trousers, this changed in 1964 when Adult Leaders and older Scouts could wear long trousers.
Scouts Metal Hat and Beret Badges
The metal badge was worn on the wide brimmed hat and the beret by Scouts and all leader ranks. I am not sure when the badge was introduced but it can be see worn in photos dating from the 1930s. I think the official date for the removal of the badge from the Scout uniform was in 1987 although photos taken after this year show Scouts wearing the badge.
The C.B.S.I. periodically published a book called The U Book detailing the current Uniform and badges to be worn by all sections. The 1965 edition gives the description of the metal cap badge worn by Scouts as:
Rawley and Second Class Scouts wear in the beret, directly over the left eye, a plain brass metal badge of the cross with shamrock superimposed.
First Class Scouts, in addition to the badge above wear under the badge a plain brass scroll bearing the words Bi Ullamh.
Knights (Venture Scouts) wear in the beret over the left eye a silver shamrock and cross together with a silver scroll bearing the letters R G on a bar.
The badge was worn on the wide brimmed hat and the Beret. It measures approximately 35mm by 35mm.
The meaning of the C.B.S.I. Cross is described in the 1964 edition of The Scouting Trail as:
Around the time of the introduction of the new uniform in 1978 the cap badge was changed to chrome plated and the chrome scroll only appears to have been worn by Assistant Leaders. In C.B.S.I. uniform related publications chrome is referred to as silver.
First Class Scout
First Class Scout Catholic Boys Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. In order to receive a First Class Scout badge a Scout had to complete a series of tests as detailed in The Official Scout Handbook The Scouting Trail. The number of tests a Scout needed to complete varied over the years, according to the 1964 edition a Scout had to pass 39 tests. The First Class Scout badge is worn on the left sleeve of the shirt so that the center of the badge is four inches from the shoulder seam.
The design of the badge remained the same although there are a wide variety of shades of colours on the cross, legend and stitching. Where the badge was produced on a rectangular piece an outline of yellow or gold was used to form an oval.
Excelsior Scout Badge
The Excelsior Scout Badge is awarded to the First Class Scout who has qualified for any five Merit badges, and shows a satisfactory service as a First-class Scout for a period of at least three months.
The above description is from the CBSI Organisation and Rules book from the 1940s, by 1965 references to the Excelsior Scout no longer appear so must have been dropped. The badges was ranked below Star Scout.
Measures 60mm across. The Star badge is probably the longest running badge issued by the C.B.S.I., if was first introduced in 1930 and was used in various designs up to 2004. The text on the badge reads Ar Son Na hEireann which translates as For Ireland. I am told that the Ar Son Na hEireann version was first issued in 1938 when, with the introduction of the Irish Constitution, the name of the Country changed from The Irish Free State to Ireland. The badge is made of felt with a black felt backing.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. Star Scout Badge. Worn on the left sleeve of the uniform shirt. In order to be awarded the Star Scout badge a Scout had to show a satisfactory record of service as a First Class Scout for at least 6 months and earned at least 10 merit badges, at least one from each Merit Badge Section (see merit badges). The Star Scout Badge would replace the First Class Scout Badge on the uniform, the 2 badges would not be worn at the same time.
National Scout Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. To qualify for a National Scout badge the Scout had to have shown satisfactory service as a First Class Scout for at least one year and have earned 18 merit badges with a minimum of two badges from each section of the merit badge list (see merit badge link on the left). The National Scout Badge replaced the Star or First Class Scout badge on the uniform.
C.B.S.I Belt Buckle
The brass Gasóga Catoilicí na hÉireann belt buckle was used up to about 1983 when the Boy was dropped from the name.
The replacement for the brass C.B.S.I. buckle was a chromed version. The centre piece was the C.S.I. Cross and the receiving end was plain with Official Scout Pattern engraved on the back, this was identical to the receiving end used by the S.A.I.
Scouting Ireland current issue (2014) belt buckle.
Pioneer Total Abstinence Society
The badge of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Society was often seen on the Scout Uniform, this badge was worn on the flap of the left uniform shirt pocket. Although not a Scout badge Scouts were expected to be a member and all Catholic children would take The Pledge as it was known when they were confirmed into the Catholic Church, The Pledge was to promise to abstain from alcohol until a certain age, the age reduced over the years, when I was confirmed it was 21 years old.
The Scout Badge
The first in a series of four badges in the Scout Challenge scheme. This badge was awarded to the Scout when invested. The requirements for the badge are below the image of the badge. As far as I know the Scout Challenge scheme was introduced in the late 1960s or early 1970s when the First and Second Class Scout badges were retired I think the Challenge scheme remained in use up to the mid-1990s. The badge 80mm by 54mm.
Scout Skills Award
The Scout Skills Award was the second badge in the Scout Challenge. The Scout had to complete eleven challenges in order to gain the badge:
Senior Scout Award
In order to gain the Senior Scout Award as Scout had to complete nine challenges:
The Leadership Award was designed for the older Scout to take an active role in leading both his Patrol and Troop activities. A Scout had to be at least thirteen years old to start work on the badge. The badge work was undertaken under three heading, Leadership, Communications and Training.
Catholic Scouts of Ireland C.S.I. Membership Air Scouts Badge.
CBSI Crew Skills. The requirements for the badge were the same as Air Crew Skills, I think the Air was added to the name of the newer version of the badge.
CBSI Air Crew Skills, the older version was unbound.
Master Air Scout Badge
Measures 100mm by 30mm. The first C.B.S.I. Air Scout Troop was formed in Mayo in 1981, Air Scouts had to be at least 15 years old have 20/20 vision, spectacles were allowed, Scouts who were colour blind could not join. Awarded to an Air Scout after he had completed a series of tasks one of which was to fly a glider for half an hour.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Senior Air Scout Badge.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Air Scouts blazer badge. Describer is most places as a blazer badge I have seen this badge worn on a Bomber Jacket type uniform worn by Air Scouts but as there are not many Air Scout groups in Ireland I do not know if this was official uniform.
The first Irish Air Scout Squadron was formed in 1934. The Irish Independent announced the formation of the new Squadron on the 19th of November 1934, it was known as the Free State Air Scouts’ Squadron and was formed under the Saorstát Aviation Club (Saorstát in Irish for Free State). The first lecture was held at the Knox Hall in Monkstown County Dublin. The group was called the 1st City of Dublin (Ormond Quay) Air Scouts.
Sea Scouts Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. First Class Scout badge. First Class Scouts in the Sea Scouts wore a different colour badge to the First Class Scout in the Scouts. Different shades of cross, shamrock and scroll were produced.
Sea Scouts, Catholic Scouts of Ireland C.S.I. water activities badge, this badge was produced in a flat and rounded end.
Patrol Identification Badges
Patrol identification badges identical to those worn by UK Scouts were worn by Irish Scouts. Images from The CBSI Badge Book 1989 and the Scout Uniform Badge Guide v1.012 show the position of the badge on the uniform.
Knight Errant Clans
The official Venture Scout uniform as announced in 1981.
Venture Scout section badge Catholic Scouts of Ireland C.S.I. Up until 1971 Venture Scouts were known as Knight Errant Clans.
CBSI Rogha Venture Scout Pin Badge
The Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Rogha (Choice) scheme was introduced in 1992. There were 2 cloth badges and a chrome pin badge awarded as the Venture Scout went through the stages. First stage badge, the link badge, was green with the front half of the Dove second badge was purple with the back half of the dove, when these two stages were complete the two parts of the badge went together to make up a single badge. On completion of the 2nd stage the Venture Scout was awarded a silver coloured pin badge. The pin badge measures 33mm by 18mm.
Metal Hat Badges
The above table is from the C.B.S.I. Scout Leader magazine from September 1980 and contains the colours of metal cap badge worn by leaders and officers holders of the C.B.S.I.
The above table is from the U Book and the badges came into effect on the 1st of January 1965.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. Section Leaders cap badge, red enamel cross with green enamelled shamrock centre. A two part badge the Bí Ullamh (Be Prepared) part worn under the cross.
The colour scheme of the Leaders beret badges remained the same when the metal changed from Brass to Chrome, you can see the Brass rim around the cross.
Section Leader cloth badge
Badge measures 60mm by 50mm approximately.
The Assistant Leader’s metal cap badge was described as a silver cross with green shamrock and ordinary scroll. The design is very similar to the Assistant Scout Master from the 1960s apart from the lettering in the metal scroll is chrome rather then green.
Assistant Leader cloth badge from the 1970s and 1980s. Assistant Leader cloth badge from the 1980s and 1990s
Assistant Scout Master
Assistant Scout Masters Cloth Badge 1960 – 1970s. The official description of the Scout Master’s badge from the Scouting Trail.
The background of the badge was Green, the badge came in a variety of sizes and shades. I have seen the green backing range from almost black to light green.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Scout Master A.S.M. badge worn on the left sleeve of the uniform shirt one and a half inches from the shoulder seam. Badge of A.S.M. in yellow letters with red background. Badge also worn on the uniform coat. The badge appears in the 1940s edition of the CBSI Organisation and Rules publications but not in the 1965 U Book so I would assume it was discontinued sometime before 1965.
Scout Masters Cloth Badge 1960s – 1970s. The official description of the Scout Master’s badge from the Scouting Trail.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Scout Master S.M. badge worn on the left sleeve of the uniform shirt one and a half inches from the shoulder seam. Badge of S.M. in yellow letters with red background. Badge also worn on the uniform coat. The badge appears in the 1940s edition of the CBSI Organisation and Rules publications but not in the 1965 U Book so I would assume it was discontinued sometime before 1965.
CBSI Scout Leader
CBSI Scout Leader badge, similar to the Unit Leader badge of the same era but Scout Leader was a lighter blue and had a blue border, Unit Leader had a black or very dark blue border. The badge measure 40mm across.
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland C.B.S.I. Unit Leaders cap badge chrome cross with blue enamel and green enamelled shamrock in the center. The cross measures 36mm across and the Bí Ullamh (Be Prepared) badge measures 29 mm long.
Unit Leader’s cloth patch
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland and Catholic Scouts of Ireland unit leader’s cloth patch. The cloth patch had the same colour scheme as the metal cap badge, blue cross green shamrock. The shield shaped badge was used from the 1980s up to the 1990s.
Unit Leader used between 1965 and about 1980, described in the U Book as a Grey background it looks more like silver on the actual badge. This badge measures 85mm by 55mm but they did come in slightly smaller and larger sizes.
Assistant Unit Leader
The round version used in the 1970 and into the 1980 had a white cross and scroll backing. The shield version used in the 1980 and 1990 had a blue cross with only the backing of the scroll in white.
Badge measures 60mm by 50mm approximately.
Venture Scout Leader
The round design badge was introduced in the 1970s and used up to the 1980s.
Assistant Venture Scout Leader
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Assistant Venture Scout Leader. The round design badge was introduced in the 1970s and used up to the 1980s.
The round design badge was introduced in the 1970s and used up to the 1980s.
Assistant Cub Leader
The round design badge was introduced in the 1970s and used up to the 1980s.
Diocesan Scout Master D.S.M.
Diocesan Scout Master D.S.M. The C.B.S.I. was divided into Diocese, each Scout Group or Unit within a Diocese would have one D.S.M. The D.S.M. was a higher rank than Unit Leader or Scout Master. The background colour is described as brown in the U Book but on the badge it appears more of a gold colour.
Assistant Diocesan Scout Master A.D.S.M.
Measures 53mm by 83mm.
C.B.S.I. National Officer. Badge used in the 1970s and 1980s. National Officers liaised with Regional Commissioners and other officers on national issues.
C.B.S.I. National Director. Badges used in the 1970s and 1980s.
Catholic Scouts of Ireland C.S.I. Regional Commissioner the cloth badge left above worn on the uniform, the metal badge above right worn on the beret when the beret was part of the uniform.The shield shaped badge was used from the 1980s up to the 1990s.
Assistant Regional Commissioner
Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland used in the 1970s and 1980s.
Assistant Field Commissioner and National Director
The badge was worn by various officers of the CBSI including Diocesan Commissioner, members of the National Executive and Diocesan Council of the Catholic Boy Scout of Ireland.
The first version of the badge had yellow enamel representing the gold, over time the yellow became more gold and as can be seen in the image on the right the more modern version had a realistic gold look to it, I don’t think real gold was ever used either as plate or solid. As can be seen in the Assistant Field Commissioner and National Director badge above the 2nd issue (about 1940s) had silver or gold paint used on the plumes.
Knight Errant Clan Commissioner
Dates from the 1930s. Measures 44mm by 42mm. Knight Errant Clans were for the oldest age group of CBSI Scouts, the name was changed to Venture Scouts in 1971.
CBSI Assistant Diocesan Commissioner Scouts.
1930s version when CBSI had Diocesan Commissioners for each section, Cubs, Scouts and Knight Errant Clans (Venture Scouts).
CBSI Assistant Diocesan Commissioner Cub Scouts
1930s version when CBSI had Diocesan Commissioners for each section, Cubs, Scouts and Knight Errant Clans (Venture Scouts)
Measures 45mm by 47mm. Worn by a national chaplain in the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland, this badge was made about 1932.It has four fixing pin eyelets, newer versions have two fixing pin eyelets.
Diocesan Chaplain Scouts Metal Cap Badge
Dates from pre 1950, in the 1950s CBSI added a h to the Bi Ullamh scroll. The badge was worn by Diocesan Chaplains for Scouts, Diocesan Chaplains for Cubs and Knight Errant Clans had different colour feathers. I am not sure how many Diocesan Chaplains would be in each Diocese, Ireland had 23 Diocese and 4 Archdiocese, an Archdiocese like Dublin with a lot of Scout Troops would have had several where as a Diocese like Ossory or Raphoe with few Scout Troops would only have 1.
Issued sometime in the 1970s this is the iron-on version of the CBSI Chaplains badge. I attempted to iron one on to a shirt, not 100% successful but does give good representation of what the badge looked like. The badge was worn by Chaplains in the catholic Boys Scouts of Ireland, because part of the Chaplains duties were to say Mass all CBSI Chaplains were Catholic Priests. The badge measures 60mm by 75mm.