Cambridge District Scout Archive
This is a role that receives little recognition but before the advent of on line shopping the provision of badges was dependent on having a named individual to whom Headquarters would sell badges.
POR 2019 Rule 10.22
Badges and Awards – Supply a. Badges and awards must be obtained through County Badge Secretaries; District Badge Secretaries; Scout Shops Limited outlets; or Scout Shops Limited online and from no other source.
The following list of Badge Secretaries for Cambridge District has been compiled from several sources. 1930 remains unclear, as does the date at which Ken North passed on the role.
From July 1915 IHQ would no longer send badges to individual Scoutmasters. It was announced from the 2nd July a badge Secretary would be available as the conduit between District and IHQ.
1915 15th July 1915 C P Le Huray
1915 1918/19 A J B Green
1918/19 1929 Miss Laidlaw at St Columba Hall
1931 1932 S W Edward (Equipment Store)
1933 1943 W T Thurbon
1943 19.. Ken North (Equipment Store)
Before the Equipment Store existed A J B Green dealt with requests by post and Miss Laidlaw was at the headquarters once a week to supply badges.
It is thanks to W T Thurbon’s records and analysis that we have the breakdown of badges in 1931. He regularly produced an analysis for the Executive Committee. When Ken North took over the role he specifically declined to continue this time consuming task. See Badge Report 1931
JWR Archivist June 2019