Cambridge District Scout Archive
Only two local reference to ties has yet been located in Cambridge the District Archives.
This once ubiquitous item of wear is superficially at odds with the outdoor image of Scouting. Its existence as the standard piece of uniform reflects the need to demonstrate responsibility of the leaders to those outside the movement. It also echoes the reality that most scouting was and is not in the field but in populated areas. As Scouting became recognised and gained worth the need diminished and ties became an optional extra. Local expectation or rules may have required them for parades and ceremonies.
1909 POR Ties were the standard uniform for leaders, the neckerchief reserved for camp.
1938 POR Ties were an optional extra to a scarf. Correct or preferred wear for Church Parades was not given.
1967 Advance report recommendations
- Venture Scouts Dark brown tie
- Air Venture Scouts Light blue tie
- Sea Venture Scouts Black tie
- Male leaders Green tie
1977 Uniform review. Scouters were again permitted to wear the Group scarf
1989 POR Tie or scarf and woggle.
2018 POR Leaders Uniform Group / Explorer Scout Unit / Scout Network / universal / Gilwell / Scout Active Support scarf (as entitled) and woggle or, on formal occasions, a blue tie.
This last is an option for formal occasions rather than a requirement as can be seen in St Georges Day Parades at Windsor Castle.
A number of ties exist in the Cambridge District Collection, most with a Scouting symbol. One plain green tie and one blue have been donated.
1920 At the meeting to propose Rover Troop at the University item 12 stated ‘ that the tie should be light blue, red, yellow and green.’ Ties were soon ruled out and scarves substituted. Some difficulty was experienced in achieving a proper ‘Sky blue’ colour.
1956 CUSAGC A tie design was discussed – in terylene, light blue fleur de lys on a green background at about 13/- each. The tie was a an additional item alongside the scarf of light blue with a lion badge.
1971 ‘…the DS Team wearing scarves at a St Georges Day, he asked if this was correct. Mr Chambers said scarves should not have been worn.’
1977 Complaints were received by Cambridge District concerning the Gang Show team wearing scarves at a St Georges Day service. Quoting POR the objection was both on the grounds of scarf rather than tie and separating the younger members of the Gang Show team from their groups.
Tie Pins and Tie Clips
Ties sometimes suggest tie pins, a small remnant of male adornment hidden behind a badge. Several examples of these two forms of tie pin exist on a pin card in the collection.
Tie clips also stop the tie from flapping about, but became a fussier piece of male attire.
JWR Archivist Feb 2020