Religious Award Insignia/New topic
Wed, 11 Dec 1991 11:16:21 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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One more note about Religious award insignia: If the religious awards were
given out by BSA, they would be subject to BSA insignia standards (which
require either BSA, or a fleur-de-lis, or something else on them (I forget
Here's another topic (not new however) that I love to flog:
BSA's recognition of, or philosophy towards tenure is contradictory and
unfair in places!
The definitive statement for tenure usage comes from the Training Guide,
which roughly reads, "Tenure earned cannot be used to fulfill the
requirements of more than one award."
As I understand it, however, there are exceptions. For example, one may
earn a Scouter's Key and the Scoutmaster's award of merit, or a
commissioner's key and a commissioner's award of merit at the same
time. Both pairs of awards have tenure requirements.
On the other hand, by a wide interpretation of the tenure guidelines, one
cannot earn a commissioner's key and a scouter's key in the same period.
This interpretation says that tenure is a time period registered as a
scouter, as apposed to a time period registered in a particular position.
Under the latter interpretation, one could work on two keys at once,
since one is earning two different tenures; one as scoutmaster, and one as
It seems to me that the tenure guidelines were meant to prevent people
from using the same SERVICE to count for different awards, much as a scout
cannot use a project or service performed to count for more than one award.
I have no problem with this. In the case of working on two keys at once, or
a key as a commissioner and training award as a unit leader, there is no
overlap of SERVICE performed, only an overlap of time period. It seems
silly that in an age where volunteer service is at a premium, and where
people are somewhat encouraged to wear more than one hat, that we can only
recognize people for wearing one hat at a time!
Also contradictory to the common tenure policy, is the policy towards
earning Cub scout leader's awards. It is my understanding that one may work
on more than one of these awards during the same time period, providing the
scouter is registered in multiple positions. Please correct me if I am
wrong; I am a Boy Scout old-timer, and am just getting into Cubbing because
of my son.
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