Boy scouts belt. Belt buckle depicts Scouts logo and motto 'be prepared'
Leather, metal, ink
History and use
This leather belt was part of the 1960s Boy Scouts uniform. The belt depicts the Scouts logo on the buckle. The key element of the logo is the fleur-de-lis arrowhead. The three plumes of the fleur-de-lis became symbols for Service to Others, Duty to God, and Obedience to the Scout Law; these elements formed the foundation for the Scout Promise. The two stars were later incorporated into the emblem to symbolise knowledge and truth, and depict the original 10 Scout laws. The bond or tie around the base of the three plumes, tying the plumes together, represented Scout unity. The curved name and motto included around the edge of the logo was included to represent Scouting around the world.
This item was originally owned by the brother of Lois Brown (nee Cripps). Lois was a Girl Guide in Townsville in the 1960s, and her brother a Boy Scout. The items were donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.