Re: Service Stars
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 19 Nov 1992 11:08:18 CST
Ok guys - here are the facts on Service Stars -- ( and I have never met a
man yet who did not enjoy standing up for the countdown in a annual dinner,
etc. to find the person with the longest tenure as a registered person (boy
and adult) in BSA. But -- we girls who could not join until 1972 when they
let girls into Exploring -- are never allowed to count our "girl" years in
GSA, so will never be the winner of any such count down.
" 1. Service stars may be worn by all youth and adult members who have AT
LEAST ONE YEAR of tenure with the Boy Scouts of America. The stars are
worn with the appropriate color backgroung for the phase of Scouting the
service was rendered. If an individual's PRIMARY registration is is in one
phase of Scouting and later in another, separate stars with the appropriate
background and numerals may be worn simultaneously. Or, leaders may
combine youth and adult tenure into a single star with blude background.
2. If a medal or embroidered knot is worn, service stars are worn 3/8 inch
above the medal of knot, above the LEFT pocket."
The answers therein are:
A. Your PRIMARY registrtion. The position in which you pay your
registration. However, this also means that "multiple" registrations (no
fee paid, just multipled into a position) do not earn you service star
B. Since you are entitled to wear a star for "at least 1 year of tenure in
BSA" this means that you must successful complete registration in one year
increments, i.e. 1, 2, 3, years, etc.
Training teams (and manuals) will tell you that you should change on your
personal anniversary date, however, most units do indeed use the Blue &
Gold or February Court of Honor as the all over date.
C. "with the appropriate background" means that a star is never worn
without a color background. In order to do this one needs to know the
colors and what they stand for:
All service stars are worn above the left pocket.
1. Orange Background, No. 5295 - Tiger Cub service
2. Gold Background, NO. 5297 - Cub Scout service
3. Green Background, No. 5300 - Boy Scout service
4. Brown Background, No. 5287 - Varsity Scout service
5. Red Background, No. 5299 - Explorer service
Hope this helps. And, yes, the more recognition the better. That is, in
fact, why the "February" anniversary (that of BSA) has been offered as a
good time to distribute and recognize service time. That way ALL boys and
ALL adults are at least recognized.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City