Boatswain Mate 1929 to 1934 Blue Ribbon Scout Badge
The Boatswain Badge was worn on the Right arm in between the shoulder and elbow.
A scout could not gain any more than 6 proficiency badges before gaining a First Class scout badge.
To earn this badge a scout must do the following
(1) Repair a small leak in a pulling boat by means of a Tingle or apply a canvas patch to a kayak.
(2) Be able to make the following Bends and Hitches: Timber Hitch, Rolling Hitch, Marline Spike Hitch, Black wall Hitch, Midshipman’s Hitch, Fisherman’s Bend, Carrick Bend, Bowline on Bight, Running Bowline, Cat’s paw, and be able to mouse a hook; Short and Eye Splices, Single Wall and Crown and a Matthew Walker.
(3) Make a fender, either of rope or canvas, suitable for a pulling boat. (4) Take a leading part in cleaning and painting a boat. (5) Know the contents of a Boat’s Bag.
(6) Make the following on a Bosun’s call : Dinner, The Carry On, Away Ship’s Boat, Lash Up and stow. The Still, Pipe Down.