Life Saving Scouts
After the starting of Scouting, the Salvation Army in
After the “Padvinderij“, as
Scouting was called in the
In 1922 the Life Saving Scouts Union was founded, but
it lasted until December 1922 before in the Dutch Salvation Army Corps
Amsterdam-1 the first Live Saving Scout-troops were inaugurated.
symbol of the Life Saving Scouts was a rescue buoy
with in it a picture of a cub scout and a scout. Around that a cord is draped
in a pointy star for boys. For girls de star had rounded points and in the buoy
was a picture of girl guides. Under the buoy a ribbon with the words “Redden en
Dienen” (To Save and Serve)
There was no question of joining the NPV (Dutch Boy
Scout Association) or the NPG (Dutch Girl Guide Association). Too many issues
connected to the scouting movement were unacceptable for the Salvation Army.
There wasn’t even any collaboration between the different movements.
The Life Saving
Scouting Union wasn’t an independent union, but a part of the Salvation Army.
The Commanding Officer of the Army Corps, where the Life Saving Scouts-group belonged
to, was also the Commanding Officer of the Troop. It wasn’t obligatory to be in
the Salvation Army for becoming a member of a Life Saving Scout-troop.
Although this obligation existed for ranks higher
than the rank of patrol leader. Life Saving Scouts were recognised by a
red/yellow/bleu ribbon just above the left pocket on the breast.
There were quite a lot differences with the other
organisations. Life Saving Scouts didn’t have sea scouts nor rovers and
pioneers. Youngster above the age of 18 were more
united in music-corps, bible classes and choirs.
The slogan wasn’t “Be prepared” like in NPV or NPG, but “Save and Serve”
Also the names of the different divisions differed.
Male or female leaders were addressed by their title
and not by their names.
In the troop there were also a few differences, the
assistant patrol leader was called Corporal and a Crownscout
was called Generalscout.
The Generalscout wore a
red buffoon on his belt and not a crown badge on the left sleeve.
The ranking terms and the terms for the interest
badges were almost the same as those from the other Scouting organisations.
Just the shape and images were different from the usual badges. The badges
from the Life Saving Scouts were square and usually black and blue and were worn
together on the right sleeve.
Only after 15 years the wall between Life Saving
Scouts and the other Scouting organisations was torn. In the spring of 1937
an agreement was closed between the Salvation Army and the NPV and NPG. This
agreement was for a period of one year at first, but was continued after that
This resulted in al lot of changes for the Life
Saving Scout groups. Not only the uniforms had to be adapted, but also Troop
names were introduced. Every boy scout
group got his own tie and the girls started to wear their tie like the girls
in the NPG. Also Rover scouts and Pioneers were introduced in the SA groups.
Like the themes, the names of leaders and other names had to be changed.
The square skill badges became round, just like
those in the other two movements, but they kept their own appearance.
In 1948 the cooperation between the three movements
was changed in an association between the Life Saving Scouting Union and NPG and
Of the many Dutch Life Saving Scout groups, which have
existed in the course of time, there are currently only a few left.
Second class badge
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