RE: Service star backgrounds and more trivia
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Thu, 19 Nov 1992 14:51:12 CST
"Sleezer, Jim" <JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET> writes:
>If councils would sell the service stars with backgrounds attached (as
>we did 30 years ago), then there would be fewer "unbacked" service stars.
>Wehn you have to buy a sheet of 10 backgrounds to get 1, a lot of units
>say forget it. Of course, some units don't even know about backgrounds
>since they aren't attached.
I agree and while a paraprofessional, we had a chance to talk with Joe
Coco, the director of the BSA's supply division. When someone else
asked that very same question, he replied that it is much cheaper to
order the stars (which are made for other youth groups in addition to
Scouting) separate from the backings, since the attachment of the
backings would cause a huge stocking and financial problem. I know
of several local Councils, though, that used to (I don't know if
either Dothan, Alabama or (I forgot the name of the council
headquarters, but its in North Carolina...) have their trading post
employees to put together the pins with the backings and had them
available as a package for Scouts and Scouters.
The last time I got a sheet of 12 backings, it costed about a dollar.
>Ok, answer this one. My unit recharters in October. I register as a
>tiger (adult) in september. The first week of June they welcome tigers
>into the pack (no registration forms "cause we don't do anything in the
>summer, at least not much!!"). In September, the boy registers as a
>Cub Scout and the pack turns it in in October with the charter. Does
>the boy get an orange background, does the adult get an orange background?
Nope...neither the adult nor Cub gets a pin. The ONE YEAR rule goes
here...that is one year from his or her primary registration, does he
or she gets a year pin. The adult is entitled to a year pin on a BLUE
(not orange) background. The different color is for YOUTH members...
adults, no matter the position or type of unit, ALL wear the baby
>The older boy was a tiger too but Cub registration forms were completed
>and submitted in June (pack rechartered in April). Do I count those 9
>months against a year of service and add three months from my younger
>son to make 12 (three years later). Or, since I registered on the pack
>committee when the older boy became a cub, do I add nine months as tiger
>(adult) and 3 months as committee member and wear a blue background?
Gads..this is confusing!!! As far as I can understand this, again,
they got rooked....that's why we stress to Commissioners and to unit
leaders that those registration forms be turned in on time. Now, if
you want to "add" those months in, I am positive that the "badge
police" won't come and find those pins and take them!
As long as you were first a Tiger Cub Parent and *then* a committee
member, you may wear the one year BLUE year pin. If you were BOTH at
ANY point in the year, you have to give up one or the other.
>As for counting years, one camp where I worked, the tradition at the last
>meal in the dining hall each week was to have those with more than 20 years
>in camp stand and be recognized. They were then dismissed and the count
>down began. When you got to the camp director's number of years, he walked
>out. After a moment of hesitation, another staff member stepped up to
>continue the count until his time came. By the time we reached one, the
>first year campers had it figured out and just left!
We did the same thing at Camp Hazelwood....but after the first week,
it kinda got to a point where the kids were not interested in who have
been in Scouting the longest...they were more interested in hitting
the trails for the afternoon programs!
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