SIMON THOMPSON (email@example.com)
Tue Feb 24 06:37:48 1998
>Ok Bill let me think (this is dangerous I know but...)
>First we have the Joey Scouts 6-8 year olds
>followed by Cub Scouts 8-11
>The levels are 8yo Bronze Boomerang plus activity badges (red)
> 9yo Silver Boomerang " " " (blue)
> 10yo Gold Boomerang " " " (green)
>(notice that I called tham badges and not patches)
>Scouts 11-15 yo
>Plus special activity badges
>Venturers or also known as Venturer Scouts, we can use either at any time
>that suits us. We have had some major changes here in Australia in regards
>to the Queen SCout as of September 1 last year.
>It is now broken up into 4 areas at 2 levels. I do not have all the info on
>hand to describe it correctly.
>Venturers can start at 14-18
>Rovers 17-26 Rovers can work towards the BP Award, which is very hard to
>get and only a handful of people get it here in Oz each year. There are alos
>2 methods in which a person can chose to do their BP award method A or
This sounds Very Like UK.
Beaver Scout 6-8
Cub Scout 8-10.5 Three awards (Used to be Gold, Silver and Bronze arrows Something like Adventure Crest Cubscout Award etc. now + Three Ranks Cub, Seconder, Sixer)+ proficiency badges
Scout 10.5-15.5 Four Awards Scout, Pathfinder, Explorer, Chief Scout's Award. Four Ranks Scout, APL, PL, SPL. Proficiency Badges. +special Badges E.g. Chief Scouts Challenge, Patrol Activity, Leadership.
Venture Scout 15.5-20 Two Awards Venture, Queen's Scout Award + special interest commendations E.g. Explorer Belt
Also there are other awards for Leaders. E.g. wood badge upon completing all training, Silver Acorn for long service etc. as well as awards available to all no matter of age or service e.g. Cornwell Medal for extreme valour and bravery (named after a scout who served at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 during WW1, who manned single handedly a gun whose crew had all been killed despite being fatally injured at the time) (This medal is rarely handed out probably one or two every decade definitely no more than 25 since its inception).
PS I take it my quoted letter is from an Australian. How will you and the Australian Scout Association be affected if you mutinously decide to rid yourselves of Her Brittanic Majesty as Head of State?
PPS To all confused Americans, I did say 1916 as, unlike what is thought over there, world war one started in 1914 not 1917, in the same way as WWII started in 1939 not 1941 (Bit better 2 years late instead of the previous 3).
PPPS To any ex-Scouts out there who are en-route for the Gulf to kick the Shit out of some tuppenny wog dictator, Good Luck.