Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 22 Jul 1993 13:17:33 CDT
As promised, I spent last night doing the research on the question,
--my old scoutmaster made a mistake. He gave the boys the Tenderfoot rank if
they achieved the AOL in the pack.--
I stated yesterday that that WAS the advancement ruling STRAIGHT from national
but I did not remember the time frames involved.
Here it is ---
From the early 1980's on (the earliest reference I could find at home easily
last night was a 1981 Scoutmaster's Handbook.
I have only used the following publications to answer your questions, guys ===
1. Scoutmaster's Handbook, 1981
Tenderfoot Requirements were all of the AOL requirements plus one additional
skill award and a Scoutmaster's Conference. The Citizenship skill award
requirements were identical to the Webelos Activity badge for Citizen. The
book states that if a Webelos Scout holds the AOL, the Scoutmaster has the
RIGHT to waive the 2 month tenure, and only ask for one additional Skill Award,
to get the Tenderfoot rank. However, the Scout badge was to be presented
immediately, as the requirements for that rank at the time we exactly as taught
to AOL scouts.
2. Webelos Scout Book 1987 and 1988 -
AOL -- Earning the Acivity Badge for Citizen meets the requirements for the BS
citizenship skill award. The Webelos Scout will get the Tenderfoot upon
entering the troop, upon earning one more skill award, and participating in a
3. Cub Scout Leaders Book - P. 132 - -----In earning the AOL, the boy has
also completed all of the requirements except for earning one skill award for
the Tenderfoot rank in Boy Scouting. He may receive that rank as soon as he
joins a BS troop and earns the additional skill award. ---- (publication date:
1982 copyright - 1986 printing , no. 3220A).
4. Cus Scout Basic Training Manual - p. 97 - (publication 1988) ---Call
attention to the similarities in requiements for the Webelos badge and the Boy
Scout badge, shown in the Webelos Scout Book. ----
----Point out the similarities between the Arrow of Light Award requirements and
those for the Tenderfoot badge as shown in the Webelos Scout Book.
p. 98 --- Emphasize that a boy who has been a Webelos Scout is more preapred for
Boy Scouting han a boy with little or no Scouting Experience. Explain that when
a boy earns the Aroow of Ligh Award and the Family Member acitivity badge, he
has completed both the joining requirements for the Boy Scout badge and the
Tenderfoot rank requirements (ed. the Family Member activity badge = Family
Living skill award). The Scoutmaster may waive the 20month service requirement
and present him with both teh Scout badge and the Tenderfoot badge when he
joins the troop. ----
So --- The answer to your questions is YES -- we DID (straight from national)
recognize the AOL scouts into our troops with the Scout and Tenderfoot badge,
but ALWAYS kept the SM's right to stall it a bit after holding a SM conference
if he felt the boy had been ill prepared.
If you will notice, the skill awards were the major link. Thus, when in 1990
(or thereabouts) the skill awards were discontinued, the requirements for
Tenderfoot ALSO were changed. Now -- with that change, this AOL = Tenderfoot
no longer held true.
However (and typical of national) in the Fall of 1992 the Cub Scout trainers of
the nation finally received update sheets (about 50 pages) for their training
The updates sheets (effective fall 1992) removed the section in the training
manual starting on p. 97 on Activity Badges/Scout Skill Awards and the
references quoted above were removed.
Thus, in today's Scouting program, the Tenderfoot rank and AOL do not equal.
That, however, does not make your old SM's wrong, or having made a mistake.
That means that they were among the VERY few SMs who actually kept up with the
program, read their books, and most likely took their training.
I do not have the advancement guidebook for that time frame handy (it IS in my
storage unit under 1 million (it looks like) boxes.
I think I have answered your questions for you -- and also proved that I was not
*confused* as some seemed to think.
Have a good day --
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City