(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 20 Jun 1991 16:26:00 EDT
Okay...here goes again!
So I call in my marker to Earle Peterson, Assoc National Director for
Volunteer Training, National Office BSA.
After reading the message off the screen, I asked the following. His responses
are in quotes.
1. What is the policy?
"The policy is clearly written in our trainingpublications. Every Council should
have a copy of it. There should be no problems in interpretation. The council
may be right."
2. How so?
"The tenure is based on where the person's PRIMARY registration is. That is,
where his membership card shows him as. So, in order for a volunteer to get
the Scoutmaster's Key, he must be registered as a Scoutmaster for three years
and meet the other requirements. You have to understand that the tenure is
just one part of the requirements. There are performance and training things
in there also."
3. So h can a Scoutmaster who is also registered as a Explorer Advisor for
example, can he qualify for the Explorer Leaders' Training Award too?
"He can only qualify for whatever he is registered as. Now to get around
that, many Scouters pay the additional fee and become registered in the second,
third, etc position to qualifty for the award. We don't recmmend it but it is do
ne in the field."
4. How are decisions about the training awards done?
"We deal with 400 local Councils. Each cOCuncil has their own training committee
and they make the decisions and set the standards. We administer the overall
guidelines which, as I said before, is listed in various publications. IF there
is a problem about interpretation, we try and resolve it here but each Council
generally has their say on the awards."
5. Is there a single source where VOLUNTEERS can get the information about
training awards at?
"We send all the Councils through PROSPEAK (Professionally Speaking, a magazine
geared to the professional staffs of the BSA which sections are routinely
"cut and pasted" to Council and District newsletters and other mediums)
the most current information on training. We also send out "hotline" which tells
Scout Executives about the most current publications coming out for the natio
6. So to sumarize things, wherever I am registered I use the time for a training
award. If I am reigstered in a "multiple position" (like Scoutmaster and Unit
Commissioner in addition to Cubmaster for example) I can only use the time
registered as CUBMASTER for a award since that is where I am registered. I canno
LEGALLY use the time as Scoutmaster or Commissioner for a Key for either, right?
"Yes. This is correct except that if you were registered as Scoutmaster, we are
nw allowing them to earn the Scouters' Training Award before earning the Key
using the same time. For example, after 18 months, a Scoutmaster can earn the
Scoutmaster Award of Merit. After 24 months, he could earn the Scouter's
Training Award, and after 36 months he can earn the Scoutmasters' Key Award.
Cub Scouting has a similiar process and we are now working on the Exploring
Hope that answers the questions clearer than before!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City