Re: Insignia aesthetics
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 30 Oct 1991 08:53:00 EDT
If you send me the shirt(s), I will be happy to sew on the square knots
in the approviate places....in the order you ask them to be placed.
Eight years ago, I was asked to be a Coach-Counsellor for a upcoming Woodbadge
course....the course director stated "well, Mike, it'll give you a chance to
get that third bead..."
I politely stopped him before he finished, and told him that "I'm not interested
in the quest for the four beads (the sign of a Woodbadge Course Director/
SM/CM/EA); what I am interested in is what I can do for the Council and him."
That ended the conversation about the "bead quest". I did get my third
Woodbadge bead, but it was after serving as C/C? for a susquent course.
You're right, Paul...many Scouters use the recognition system built-in into
the "Scouter leadership development program" as a chance to "get another
one of those square knots..." and Scouting has made it easier.
In 1970, there were only nine square knots: a youth religious award, Eagle
Scout, square knots for the Scouter's Key, Scouter's Training Award, the
Silver Award (exploring's Eagle "equal" then), the Silver Beaver, Buffalo
and Antelope awards, and the lifesaving medals (oops...that's ten total.
Haven't had my coffee...sorry ppls).
In 1973, we increased them tenfold with the Cub Scouting awards (the knots
for the Den Leader and Den Leader Coach training awards), the introduction
of the adult religious emblems (for which there is only ONE square knot
out there...), a new knot for the holders of the Heroism Award, as well as
holders of the OA Distinguished Service Award, the Arrow of Light (*the
highest rank in Cub Scouting*), the new Silver World award (which BSA
Scouters CANNOT earn...go figure this one out folks!), a new square knot for
the holders of the Quartermaster Award (the highest youth award in Sea
Exploring), the District Award of Merit (which is, folks, a plaque and
certificate you get for district service...the first time the BSA gave a
uniform device for a plaque....).
In 1977, the BSA through Scouting magazine published a full-color listing
of the nineteen knots and the different background colors on which to place
them..then two months later, decided to not just trash the "knots on green,
white, and black backgrounds (for Exploring shirts)", but to give us all
one more...a Professional Training Award (there were grumblings in the field
that said, and rightfully so, that I cannot tell if my DE was trained or not.
He is pushing me to training courses...why don't he get trained too!!!);
this also opened the door to professionals to earn the training awards
approviate to their primary role (which some professionals..the smart ones
did to build that credibility I talked about earlier).
In 1984, Paul, they did it to us again....new square knots for the Spurgeon
Award (another plaque..this time for Exploring service), Exploring Service
Awards (which was dropped two years later because nobody knew about them!),
and due to a influx of youth and adult religious emblems, a new set of
devices to go on the knots to indicate where you earned them (there is even
one now for the Tiger Cubs and Varsity Scouts/Scouters to wear, starting in
IN 1989, the new Cub Scout Leadership Development program (which I still don't
understand why they did it...) made it increasingly hard to keep up without
a scorecard....you want to know the most difficult one?? Three sqaure knots
were introduced...one for the WEBELOS Den Leaders, one for the Cubmaster
(they cannot earn the Scouter's Key as a Cubmaster anymore!) and one for
the Den Leader Coach.....
WAIT MIKE WALTON...I *know* you didn't have your coffee..you said that
(up some lines..) that there was a Den Leader Coach award already there.
Either you made a mistake or I am reading this wrong....
You're NOT reading this wrong...they REDESIGNED THE KNOT...the knot
that I wear for the Den Leader Coach Training Award is now called the
Cub Scouter's Award...any adult registered in a Cub Scouting unit for two
years that meet the requirements (note here....they DON
DON'T HAVE TO BE A LEADER....just an adult!!!!!!) can wear the same color
and same designed knot that I have earned as a leader-trainer.
National knows of this massive boo-boo, and when asked in Scouting magazine,
V.J. VanHooten, Associate National Director of Scouting, stated that "it
would make a real interesting story to tell how you earned two of the same
There are knots available recently for holders of the Young Service Award
(another plaque), the Meany Service Award (for service with Union Scouting
units), for Commissioner and Scoutmaster Service (the first time a patch
was presented for a patch....), and the Hornaday Award (the newest...and
in my little opinion, the most deserving of the knotted patch).
All told, as far as I know, there are now 32 of those "bad boys" out there
to earn and wear.....the original intent of the knots were similar to
those of military ribbons...to be worn IN THE PLACE OF THE MEDAL or OTHER
AWARD WHICH YOUTH WOULD WEAR ON THEIR UNIFORMS (Insignia Control Guide, 1990)
...for the convience of the wearer.
should there be a limit on the number that one wears??
I don't think that's the approviate question. The *real* question is if
National intended us to wear the things, designed several color combinations
and designs for the things, and sell them at $1 a pop, why is the wearers
subject to much criticizms for wearing the emblems???
I leave you now, so that I can enjoy my coffee and put away my square knot
listing back on the shelf...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City