Cambridge District Scout Archives
Quarterstaff and Singlestick were both established training in Martial Arts in 1908. Both were already falling from popularity being dated training programmes for the cutlass and as a specifically English form of self defence.
- Single stick Or cudgels – a wooden rod with a basket hilt around 36 inches long
- Quarter staff Traditional European pole weapon, a shaft of hardwood from 6’ – 9’
However, the equipment was relatively cheap; it sat alongside boxing and wrestling as requiring resolution to take (non fatal) blows; the skill base to teach the moves was established; it was more accessible than the new Ju-Jitsu.
Neither is directly excluded from the latest badge.
Master at Arms Badge
1919 To obtain the Master at Arms proficiency badge a Scout must:- obtain proficiency in two of the following Quarter-staff, Single-stick, Boxing, Ju-Jitsu or Wrestling.
1938 Attain proficiency in two of the following subjects:- Single-stick, quarter-staff, fencing, boxing, ju-jitsu, gymnastics, and wrestling.
2018 Attend regular training sessions in a relevant activity like fencing, shooting or archery. (Air Rifle or Air Pistol)
Later additions to the Master at Arms badge moved away from direct physical contact.
- Fencing A later addition, clearly of martial origin
- Gymnastics A version of ‘tumbling’, long lauded as good training
- Marksmanship The separate badge ended in 1967
- Martial arts A separate badge from 1991
- Archery Never a separate badge
1911 5th Cambridge Concert display of Boxing, quarterstaff and singlestick
1920 Singlestick displays were seen at the Mediaeval Fayre.
About the same time fencing played a regular part in displays.
1941 Room at HQ hired to 11th and 13th for fencing between the 11th and 13th Troops District Minutes
1944 13th had a fencing match (foils) against Pye Radio and won
1945 Thanks to A W J Edwards (13th) especially as fencing instructor
1946 12th offered fencing display for visit of chief scout
1948 40th Anniversary regatta 60th Ju Ju and ball games (? Ju Jitsu?)
JWR Archivist Jan 2019