Re: Awards, badges ect..
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 18 Oct 1993 15:20:52 EDT
> In many letters on SCOUTS-L, different awards and badge names is offen
> mentioned ( woodbadge, eagle ...), I think that us europeans would
> like to have a brief introduction in these names so we can put our
> own names on them, and that way we can better understand them.
> If any body would be so nice, I would really apreciate it, You can
> mail it directly to me or public it on the list.
Ok, let me see if I can do a decent overview of awards in the BSA (Boy Scouts
The BSA is broken into 3 main divisions: Cub Scouts (young kids 6?-10);
Boy Scouts (11-18) and Explorers (15-12 and is co-ed). Some of these are
further `subdivided' and most have their own awards/badges/ranks.
Cub Scouts (doing this from memory, so feel free to correct me) is usually
thought of in 3 groups: Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, & Webelos Scouts.
Tiger Cubs are the youngest (6ish?) and have no awards or badges.
Cub Scouts are from 7-8 or so and are usually grouped into `dens' within their
Pack by grade. They have 3 awards: Bobcat (a sort of `joining requirement
award', Wolf (done in the first year) and Bear (done in the second year).
When Cub Scouts get older (9 or 10) they move into the Webelos den(s) of their
pack. Webelos (WE'll BE LOyal Scouts) is a transition between Cubs & Boy
Scouts. They have 2 ranks: Webelos and the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of
Light is considered the highest Cub Scout rank, and can be worn on the Boy
Scout uniform and their is a square knot for it for adults to wear.
Boy Scouts are 11-18. There is a sort of subdivision of Boy Scouts called
`Varsity Scouts' which is 15-18. Despite its name, Varsity Scouts are NOT
sports oriented. The Varsity Scout program can be done within the troop
(the Varsity squad) or as a separate Varsity Scout Team. This in-troop version
IS more sports oriented. There is another in-troop program for older boys:
the Venture program, which is oriented to High Adventure activities.
There are 6 proper rank awards in the Boy Scouts. There is a badge called
`Scout' but this is considered a joining requirement, and not a rank.
The 6 ranks are Tenderfoot, 2nd Class Scout, 1st Class Scout, Star Scout,
Life Scout, and Eagle Scout. The first 3 follow the names of B-P and produce
an all round scout. The 3 higher ranks require merit badges, service, and
leadership to attain. Eagle is the highest (and most prestigious) and
requires the scout to plan and carry out his own service project.
Explorers have changed much over the years. In the past, they were more of
an `older boy' program, but today is very different. All Explorer Posts
have a certain focus. There are Career Awareness posts which explore certain
kinds of careers (medicine, law, etc). There are Special Interest posts
like High Adventure, Indian Lore, Fire, Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, etc
There still exists Sea Exploring. There are no rank awards in Explorers per se.
There is the Explorer Achievement Award and the Sea Explorers still have
their ranks of Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster.
You mentioned Woodbadge. Woodbadge is the advanced leadership training program
that is used worldwide in Scouting. Most countries run Woodbadge courses.
There are other leadership programs in the BSA. There are 2 versions of
Woodbadge: Boy Scout Leader Woodbadge and Cub Scout Trainer Woodbadge. There
use to be an Explorer Leader Woodbadge. There is also a program called
`Sea Badge' for Sea Explorer leaders.
Does anyone else have something to add to this?
<< Michael Rogero Brown | Any opinions expressed are my >>
<< CS Graduate Student-Florida Atlantic Univ | own, and generally unpopular >>
<< Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org | with others. >>
<< BitNet: m_brown@fauvax | Ask me if I care. >>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City