Cambridge District Scout Archive
The clear identification and provision of the colours envisioned or required for a scarf has not always been straightforward. Early attempts at a ‘sky blue’ were compared with an overcast day in Liverpool. A formal and fixed chart is of great use, even if they vary between manufacturers.
The Cambridge Scout Shop held two sets of scarf colour swatches, one clearly Scout colours, the other presumably Guide colours. From context they are from around 2012.
|Scout||Scout No.||Written notes||Girl Guide|
|Gold||21||Same as g/g||Gold|
|Black||2||Same as g/g||Black|
|Sky blue||3||Same as g/g||Cambridge|
|Emerald green||4||Same as g/g||Emerald|
|Grey||5||Same as g/g||Silver grey|
|Brown||6||Same as g/g||missing|
|Lemon||8||Same as g/g||Bunting yellow|
|Maroon||9||Same as g/g||missing|
|Fellowship||*||Same as g/g||(cyan) missing|
|Navy blue||10||Same as g/g||Navy|
|Orange||11||Saffron for g/g||Saffron|
|Purple||12||Same as g/g||Purple|
|Royal blue||13||Same as g/g||Royal|
|Beaver||*||Same as g/g||Turquoise|
|Scarlet||14||Same as g/g||Scarlet|
|Scout Green||15||Same as g/g||Scout Green|
|Dark Red||17||Peony g/g||(peony) missing|
|Green||18||Mid green for g/g||(mid green) missing|
|White||20||Same as g/g||White|
The notes are written on the Scout swatch card, linking Scout and Guide colours, although some names vary. Visually the swatches do match in colour and material. Some colours are missing from the GG swatch or the swatches are not contemporary. Those in brackets are referred to on the Scout swatch but missing on the Guide swatch. The Scout swatch is mounted on a card and apparently complete, those of Fellowship and Beaver having no number but in place.
From Cambridge point of view the naming of Sky blue as Cambridge blue is of note. Cambridge scarf colours tend to avoid the use of Cambridge blue as a term, although it is frequently used.
The number 1, 16 and 19 are not used on this card and have not yet been identified.
JWR Archivist Sept 2022