When to Wear Which Necker
How choose which necker to wear
There are six shoulder tabs: Beavers, Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, and Non-section. There are four types of necker: group, Gilwell, National, and International. Correct wearing of these depends on wearing the proper combination of shoulder tabs and necker. A few rules of thumb for wearing these:
- The Non-section shoulder tabs are worn when one is in a position that does not represent a particular section, such as a Commissioner, Council member, or Group Committee Chair.
- Section shoulder tabs are worn when one's position is specific to a section such as a section Scouter or a Council section representative, like an ADC Scouts.
- The International necker, which is red with a gold maple leaf on the point, should be worn by everyone when out of Canada and never when in Canada. The International necker may be replaced by a Jamboree necker at a World Jamboree or similar event. One may also wear the Gilwell necker at International Gilwell events, but section neckers should never be worn.
- The blue National necker should be worn when a Scouter is representing a Council.
- Your group necker should be worn when one is representing the group.
- The Gilwell necker should only be worn with the shoulder tabs of the section in which one has Gilwell and when one is acting as a Scouter or a trainer in that section. At a training event, trainers should all wear the Gilwell necker and trainees should not. The Gilwell beads should always be worn if earned and the Gilwell woggle should always be worn if earned unless the beads are also earned (then it is a personal choice). Unlike the Gilwell beads, the Gilwell necker is not an achievement badge, it is the necker of a Scout Group.
Now a few examples. A Venturer Adviser who also sits on District Council should wear the group necker and Venturer shoulder tabs when acting as an Adviser, and the National necker and non-section shoulder tabs when in the capacity of a District Scouter. If this Adviser sits on District Council as a ADC Venturers, then the Venturer shoulder tabs should be worn with the National necker.
A Gilwellian Pack Scouter can wear either the group necker or the Gilwell necker, depending on what they wants to emphasize: Pack Scouter with Group or Gilwellian Pack Scouter. At multi-pack events, it would be most appropriate to wear the Group necker as one would be better identified with one's group. If this Scouter moves to Scouts, they should not wear the Gilwell necker until they complete Gilwell in Troop. This is because they is not a Scout with 1st Gilwell Scout Group but a Wolf Cub.
Rovers who are also Scouters can wear either their Rover shoulder tabs and necker or that of their section. They should not wear the Gilwell necker with the Rover shoulder tabs unless they have Gilwell in Rovers. They should not go half and half and wear Rover shoulder tabs with their section's necker (unless they are a Scouter and a Rover with the same group) as this would imply that the person is a Rover with the group that they are a Scouter with. If this is not true, they should not look like it. This is why matching shoulder tabs and neckers is important.