A coat of arms is the
name given to an heraldic device. Many coats of arms go back in
some families for a number of generations.
Kings and princes were
the first to have heraldic coats of arms.
1. The supporters on
either side of the coat of arms are the Ugandan Kob representing
the wildlife of Uganda and the Crested Crane, the emblem for Uganda.
2. The drum represents
Uganda's culture. It was once the belief that drums could scare
away evil spirits. A drum chain can be used to transmit messages
over a distance of 100 miles in less than one hour.3. The spears
and shield are representative of Uganda's traditional form of weapons
and symbolise the nation's defence and security.
4. The blue stripes at
the top of the shield symbolise the waters of all the great lakes
and rivers in Uganda. The blue stripes entering the bottom of the
shield represent the source of the Nile river.
5. The green stands for
the abundance of green vegetation in Uganda and the coffee and cotton
plants shown on the background represent Uganda's main export crops.
6. The black colour of
the shield stands for the African inheritance of the people of Uganda
and the yellow sun for the abundance of sunshine in the country.
1. Find out about your
district, borough council or city coat of arms and what it stands
for. Are your Scout District or County area badges linked in some
2. Make an individual
or Patrol coat of arms. Hang them in your Troop HQ. This should
reflect your name, interests, and so on.
3. Discover the coat
of arms of each of countries bordering Uganda. Do they have any