Re: Ranger and Silver follow Quartermaster
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed Mar 04 13:21:09 1998
My ship, troop and team have produced many Eagle Scout Awards. It is an
awesome achievement for young Scouts. My ship has also produced a few
Quartermaster Awards. That award is an incredible achievement for older
Scouts Both of these are extremely old, well recognized by colleges and the
services. Quartermaster medals are provided free in sterling silver by the
National Sea Scout Fleet Committee which also is responsible for producing
them. They are administered by the National Director of Sea Scouting. Records
are kept by the National Quartermaster Association. Membership is automatic
and free for life.
In the 1930s, BSA decided to have land based equivalents to Sea Scout
Ships. They created Explorer Scout Posts and, for adults from 21 to 26, Rover
Scout Crews. The posts even copied the Sea Scout patrol "Boat Crew" system.
They didn't use the Sea Scout term COXSWAIN but used "CREW LEADER". The head
Explorer was the Senior Crew Leader equivalent to the Sea Scout Ship's
Boatswain. The RANGER award track was created for the posts and Rover Crews.
Later, Air Scout Squadrons were created with the Air Scout ACE award
advancement track. During the late 40s and in the 50s. The Career Awareness
SILVER award track was created. In the late 50s, ACE and RANGER were dropped
and all programs EXCEPT Sea Scouts used the Silver track. Then, in the
massacre of 1965, Silver was dropped along with the Explorer Post patril
"crew" organization. Sea Scouts, however, sailed on their merry way and kept
their Quartermaaster award track. Now, BSA, seeing how Quartermaster keeps
ship members active, decided to return the system to posts.
Sea Scouting already resents Exploring, as an original stand alone
Scouting program begun by Baden Powell with extensive publications, awards,
event, many specialized training courses for youth and adults, a distinctive,
traditional uniform, web sites, honours a second advancement track, a separate
organization, etc. We resent being called a "cluster". Nothing in Exploring is
at all similar to Sea Scouting. We were here first and we ares till here in
almost our original, distinctive form.
Boy, what an insult it would be to officially proclaim that our
extremely difficult and extensive Quartermaster Award is inferior to some new
award! My youngest son, an Eagle Scout and a Quartermaster Sea Scout, recently
received the GOLD.Award. Both he and the Council Advancement Committee were
mutually proud of his work on those awards. Frankly, he has told me that we
need to do a lot of work to make GOLD an honour. He is proud of Eagle and
Quartermaster but GOLD ..... The idea of again insulting Sea Scouting by
taking its histroric award and cheapening it with some new Venturing Award is
silly. Why destroy the first chance we have had in nearly 50 years to make Sea
Scouts feel welcom again in the BSA?
Christopher K. Sokolov wrote:
> My understanding was that none of the new awards would be equal to the
> Eagle and Quartermaster awards - ie: they won't be awarded by the National
> Court of Honor. I could be wrong, though.
> I don't think Quartermaster should be a prerequisite for any of the new
> awards. Able, or maybe even Ordinary, seems much more appropriate.
> Christopher K. Sokolov, Quartermaster
> Western Region Area III Boatswain, Sea Scouts, B.S.A.