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There seems to be a perception arising somewhere that patches for Direct Service Council, BSA, particularly CSPs, are ceasing to exist. I realize that Direct Service Council itself is somewhat ephemeral, but there were patches as recently as the last National Jamboree. Can anyone clarify this for a friend in Australia who is about to make a big investment in these patches? Bottom line question is: has anything changed as to the status of Direct Service over the last couple of years?

 

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I have no actual information on this at all, but this seems like a strange speculation.  The Direct Service Council has 100 units, according to Scouting.org, which does not make it one of the smallest council. Do any of the rumors provide any suggestion on what is supposed to be happening to these patches? Are these troops just not going to wear CSPs? Or is it going to merge with one of the other two overseas councils?  I suppose a merger would always be a possibility, but I'm not sure how exactly that would affect the value of the patches.

 

From scouting.org, it doesn't look like anything has changed recently: http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/DirectService.aspx

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@Kahuna   -  Direct Service was transferred over to NCAC (National Capital Area Council) a few years back. I was in Direct Service as both a youth (1976-1979) and then multiple times as an adult (Asst. Scoutmaster Panama 1992-1995, and again Scoutmaster 1997-1999) and in Bolivia (Cubmaster) 2008-2010, and finally Ecuador (Cubmaster) 2011-2014. I retired from the Army in 2014 and my son and I became members of NCAC. Due to my experience- I was asked to become a ACC for Direct Service, under NCAC. Seems that Direct Service ceased to exist as we knew it under National in Texas and was passed over to NCAC where it is sub-district. We still have units down in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Other units  were rolled into Eastern Council, and TransAtlantic Council. The CSP for Direct Service is still available through Scoutstuff.org. For a while you had to call them since it was taken off the internet site but it is once again available. Since it is technically under NCAC, units have the option to wear the NCAC CSP or the DS CSP. I think it is neat for units to wear the unique Direct Service CSP so I'm glad it's back. I liked the old white version with the blue globe but the new one is nice also and very colorful. Here it is the linke.....

http://www.scoutstuff.org/bsa/uniforms-insignia/insignia-cloth/required/council-shoulder-patches/csp-direct-service.html#.Wjr4dt-nGM8

 

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Thanks, had signed up with another name and lost that password. I ended up finding it but will use this one only to avoid confusion. Good to be on board. Thanks. 

 

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