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There are a few questions that get asked over and over again, sometimes is slightly different forms. Here are the most common ones which may save you the effort of sending in your question. But, if it's not here, please ask away.

 Jun 23, 2012 - La Sondra Jones
My son is will be in 2nd grade next year and he just turned 7 years on yesterday June 22.

How can I get hime into boy scoutfs in Texarkana.
Jun 24, 2012 - Scouter Paul
La Sondra - Please read the "How do I find a Pack or Troop to join?" section just up this page.  It's exactly what you are asking for.
Apr 28, 2014 - Bob Eisenmann
One of our scout leaders passed away on February 27th, 2014.  We would like to create and wear a memorial patch on our pack and troop uniforms in her honor.  It would be no bigger that one inch round and have her initials and the year 2014.  Is there a rule stating that we can or cannot wear such a patch on our uniforms?
Apr 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Bob - If you made such a patch, it would be worn at the discretion of each individual and would be considered a "temporary" patch to be displayed centered on the right pocket.
Other patch locations on the uniform are identified in the BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia.
Jan 14, 2015 - kathy
I have seen different answers on how far down on a sash merit badges must start - anything from 1/2 inches to 3 inches.  There is no official distance noted on the insignia guide that I can find.  Does any one know if it matters?
Jan 15, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@kathy - There is currently no official distance, so it doesn't matter.  Starting rows of 3 merit badges across, 1/2 inch down from the top seam, allows the sash to be filled.
Apr 14, 2015 - TSO
Does a "Color Guard" patch (with a button loop) fall into the 'temporary' patch category?  If not, where does this patch go?
Apr 15, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@TSO - If you mean the "Honor Guard" patch, it goes on the right sleeve, 1/2 inch below the patrol emblem or directly under the Journey to Excellence emblem.

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