Knots of Rank

These are knots which denote that the wearer, as a boy, has earned the highest rank attainable within that program.

Arrow of Light (Cub Scouts)

This knot is given in recognition of attaining Cub Scouting's highest rank, the Arrow of Light. If you earned the Arrow of light when you were a Cub Scout, you are entitled to wear this knot.
Note: prior to 1967, the rank following Bear was Lion, and the Webelos Award was the "getting ready for Boy Scouts" award...similar to the current Arrow of Light. If you earned your Webelos Award prior to 1967, you are also entitled to wear this knot.

This is not a restricted knot, and can simply be picked up from the Scout Shop.

Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts)

This knot is given in recognition of attaining Boy Scouting's highest rank, the Eagle. If you are an Eagle Scout, you are entitled to wear this knot.

Unlike the actual Eagle rank patch, this is not a restricted knot, and can simply be picked up from the Scout Shop.

Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts) - with NESA Life Membership

This knot is awarded to an Eagle Scouts who further enrolls as a Life Member with NESA (National Eagle Scout Association).

You may only wear one Eagle Scout knot. This knot is worn instead of, not in addition to the standard Eagle Scout knot.

Silver (Venturing)

This knot is given in recognition of attaining Venturing's highest rank, the Silver Award. If you earned your Silver Award when you were a Venturer, you are entitled to wear this knot.

This is not a restricted knot, and can simply be picked up from the Scout Shop.

Quartermaster (Sea Scouts)

This knot is given in recognition of attaining Sea Scouting's highest rank, the Quartermaster Award. If you earned your Quartermaster when you were a Sea Scout, you are entitled to wear this knot.

This is not a restricted knot, and can simply be picked up from the Scout Shop.

Silver or G.O.L.D. (Explorers) - retired program

These knots were given in recognition of attaining Exploring's highest rank, the Silver, which later transformed into the G.O.L.D. Award. If you earned your Explorer Silver Award or G.O.L.D. Award when you were an Explorer, you are entitled to wear this knot.

The Explorer program has evolved into the present-day Venturing program.

Ranger (Explorers) - retired program

This knot is given in recognition of attaining Exploring's high adventure award, the Ranger Award. If you earned your Ranger Award when you were an Explorer, you are entitled to wear this knot.

The Explorer program has evolved into the present-day Venturing program.
Ace (Air Scouts) - retired program

This knot is given in recognition of attaining Air Scout's highest rank, the Ace Award. If you earned your Ace Award when you were an Air Scout, you are entitled to wear this knot.

The Air Scout, similar to the Sea Scout program, was a branch of the Explorers. However, the Air Scouts program was disbanded back in the late 1950s.