Re: Hometown USA Award
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Sun, 29 Aug 1993 19:55:52 CDT
Paul Russell <usilipdr@IBMMAIL.COM> writes:
>While browsing in our local Scout Shop one day last week, I came across a
>brochure entitled 'Hometown USA Award Handbook', describing the purpose
>and requirements of:
> "... a joint project between Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and
> Boy Scouts of America. It is designed to give recognition to the
> outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities in regard to
> citizenship and environmental improvement."
The brochure was written in 1988. The program started in the fall of
>The requirements are:
>(1) Earn 3 of the following merit badges:
> * Citizenship in the Community (required for Eagle)
> * Communications (required for Eagle)
> * Environmental Science (required for Eagle)
> * Fish & Wildlife
> * Forestry
> * Gardening
> * Geology
> * Landscape Architecture
> * Nature
> * Plant Science
> * Public Speaking
> * Soil & Water Conservation.
>(2) Perform a community service project that involves a minimum of 8
> hours of time, two of which must involve management planning, with
> the other six consisting of carrying out the project or management
> of those doing the project. The projects should help keep America
> beautiful and benefit the community either physically or financially.
>There is a colorful patch that, presumably, can be worn as a temporary
>patch. The brochure is not dated, so I have no idea how long this has
>been around. This appears to be an excellent opportunity for Star and
>Life candidates to get some experience with the planning and manangement
>skills that they will need for a successful Eagle service project, but I
>don't think that I've ever seen or heard any promotion for this program.
>To the best of my knowledge, I've never seen a Scout wearing the award,
>nor have I ever seen it listed on an Eagle Scout application at an Eagle
>BoR. Does your council/district/troop promote this program? YiS, pdr
Paul...(you *really* made me work for this one!!)
Here's the answers you are seeking....the KAB-BSA project was
initiallated by a guy that serves presently on the National
Conservation Committee...(geez...forgot his name). Anyway, the program
was launched at the fall Regional All Hands meetings and was taken
back to the local Councils and basically forgotten about. The
National Conservation Committee made out the flyer in the following
spring, and local Councils got it and "made distribution".
Bill Dickerson is the gentleman's name...he got KAB to underwrite the
patches, which are STILL available from the BSA's Conservation
Division (s214, unless they have moved offices) at the National
They are a VERY SLOW MOVING ITEM.
["make distribution" : BSA professional slang for "tossing it in the
hand-out bins" (those tables that you see when you come in the local
Council office that has ads and other "handouts" for general usage.
Most of them end up in the floor, or used as coffee-ring protectors or
similar purposes). ]
However, many of the requirements were incorporated into the current
requirements for the BSA's Hornaday Silver Medal and Bronze Medals.
Thanks for making me work!!
Mike L. Walton
Hornaday Gold Medal holder
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