Re: BSA: highest awards
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 18:30:47 CST
CRAIG WILLIAM NOAH <cnoah@S-CWIS.UNOMAHA.EDU> writes:
> That wouldn't be a bad idea (if there is time) - the highest Exploring
>award that I know of is the rank of Quartermaster. This is a rank that was
>earned by someone in Sea Scouts, which is a branch of Exploring (similar to
>law and high adventure).
Two corrections, Craig....
The highest Exploring award for acheivement is called the Exploring
Achievement Award (and is similar in scope to the Eagle Scout Badge).
The highest Exploring award for leadership is called the Exploring
Leadership Award, and can be presented at the local Council, Regional
and National levels. The highest Sea Exploring (not "Sea Scouts")
award is called the Quartermaster Award. If you were to "rank stack"
the three awards, you would place the National Leadership Award first,
followed by the Quartermaster Award (because it is older than the
Acheivement Award), then the Exploring Achievement Award (because it
is younger and can be earned by ANY Explorer), followed by the
Regional Awards and finally by the local Council version of the
Those Explorers living in the Central Region also have the Bronze,
Silver and Gold Big Horn Awards, which recognizes leadership and
service in along the same lines as the Silver Beaver and Antelope
Awards do for adults. No other Region has those types of awards.
Finally, the sea and nautical adventure portion of the Exploring
program is called "Sea Exploring", not "Sea Scouts". In a program
that is constantly trying to shed it's former image as a "big brother"
to Boy Scouts, Exploring constantly hits its collective heads against
brick walls labeled "Explorer-Scouts" by many Scouters, some with good
intentions and trying to explain the program as best they can.
Exploring is a separate division, much like the Lincoln-Mercury
Division of Ford Motor Company or (my current example) the Saturn
Motor Company of General Motors Corporation. The way that they create
a car is vastly different from the other division's ways of
The way that Exploring acheives the aims of the BSA is vastly
different than those of Boy Scouting or Cub Scouting!
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