Kristi Tucker

The Bubble Guard, Explained!

If you’ve purchased a badge recently, you may have noticed a tiny gold piece attached to the stem (pin) on the back. Seeing it, you may have wondered “What is that tiny thing, and is it important?” You’re not the only person to ask that question!

That tiny piece is called a bubble guard, and it is, indeed important: it can keep you from losing your badge. Here’s how it should work.

When you put your badge on, put the pin through the fabric. Before you put the pin in the clasp and close it, slide the little bubble guard on the pin. Then clasp it shut. If for some reason the clasp opens, the bubble guard will catch your badge, helping it stay on your clothing.

Do you want to know more about Theta’s badges? Visit History of Our Badge and Badge Disposition Guidelines on Theta’s heritage website. Do you have a story about your own badge? Send it to