Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

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Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 26 Apr 2014, 11:30

During the latter 1970ies the Norwegian KFUM (=YMCA) Scouts developed District Arms these was presented in the Heraldisk Tidskrift from where I have scanned them. Unfortunately I had made holes in some to put them in my Folder, but you should be able to make the Arms out.

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Agder District. Oak is found in the Arms of Vest-Agder Fylke. The Colours of the Arms of Vest-Agder is Vert and Or and those of Aust-Agder is Gules and Or.

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Asker and Bærum District. These are the Western Suburts of Oslo and are known for its Hepatica Flowers. They are also a strongarea for the Blues - the Conservative Høyre Party. Hence the Azure Flowers.

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Bjørgvin (an old name för Bergen) District. The Boat and the seven Triangles symbolises the Port City of Bergen between Seven Mountains. The KFUM is also symbolised by Red Triangles.
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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 26 Apr 2014, 11:32

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Buskerud District. The Fylke of Buskerud has on a Argent Field a Bear Azure form which the Bears and the colours are taken. The Bears was doubbled and symbolises cooperation.

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Finnmark District. This Northen District is known for its Midnigth Sun symbolised in the Arms.

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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 28 Sep 2014, 13:17

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Haugaland District. Symbolises Haraldshaugen the burial mound of King Harald I Hårfagre who united Norway into one Kingdom. Which is symbolises by the Greater Pilar the small one symbolises the former 29 small Lands.

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Hedmark District. The Fir line of partition symbolises the Forests of this area. The Ears of Corn symbolises the Agriculture.

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Nordmöre og Romsdal District. Symbolises the fishing in this Coastal Area.

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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 06 Oct 2014, 14:39

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Nordland District. The trhee largest habitations of Puffins in Norway are located in Nordland.

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Oppland District. The Peaks symbolises the highest Mountains in Norway which is lacated in the area. The Fir Branches was a suggestion of the District.

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Oslo and Follo District. The dexter side shows the unofficial City Flag of Oslo and the Key symbolises Follo as "the Gatway to Oslo".

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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 06 Oct 2014, 14:48

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Rogaland District. The Wiking Ship symbolises the old seafaring traditions of the Area and the Battle of Hafrsfjord about AD 880.

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Romerike District. Show two log-driving hooks symbolises the Rivers of the Area that runs through a green landscape.

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Sogn and Fjordane District. Symbolises the local Breed of Horse called the Fjording.

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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Chris Green » 07 Oct 2014, 06:36

It is always refreshing to come across heraldic charges that one has never seen before.

Here we have log-driving hooks which were used by the men responsible for floating logs down-river from the felling sites to the saw-mills. This was by far the most effective way of moving large quantities of logs in the days before roads were driven through the forests and lorries could haul large loads. This was done on my local river, Klarälven (the longest river in Norden) as late as 1991. It was an amazing sight to see the entire river covered in floating logs. Wiki article here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log_driving

Interestingly log-driving hooks had a close relative known in English as a pike-pole which has a hook and a spike. Wiki article here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_pole

Note the similarity to the military pike.
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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Nov 2014, 16:24

It can also be found in some Norwegian Municipal Arms like the lone one in the Arms of Fet:

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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Nov 2014, 16:26

The Municpality of Nordre Land has two:

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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Chris Green » 03 Nov 2014, 16:35

One might expect that one or two Swedish communes would feature the same charge in their arms. None springs to mind however.
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Re: Norwegian YMCA Scout Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Nov 2014, 16:38

Returning to the Scouts:

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Telemark District. Shows a local Storage House called Stabbur.

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Troms District. Shoes a so called Tromsö Palm (Heracleum laciniatum).

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Groups Abroad. The Globe symbolises the Worldwide activities of the Groups with a Scout Fleur-de-Lys.


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