Re: religious knots
Michael S. Holmes (HolmesWCW@AOL.COM)
Fri, 25 Nov 1994 05:20:17 -0500
In his reply to me, M. Walton says that the requirements for religious knots
are set by the BSA, not the religious organization. Maybe so. But why,
then, does it say on pp. 223-224 of the Scoutmaster Handbook (#6502), "Hence
it is important that you understand that the religious emblems program --
really many programs -- is a program of religious bodies and *not of
Scouting* (italics mine). Qualifications for the religious emblems are
established by the religious groups"? Also, in Boy Scout Requirements
(#3216B), p. 127: "Such an emblem (religious) is not a Scouting award. It
is conferred upon a Scout by his religious leader. Each faith has its own
requirements for earning its emblem." (This covers only youth awards.)
I can't argue the point about the George Meany and Whitney Young Awards.
Perhaps the problem is that I used the word "presented" when I really was
talking about "requirements." It is certainly true that these awards all are
presented through the councils and many must be approved by either the
council or national office.
Still, I agree that there is no reason why the BSA could not compile the
requirements. After all, they are all awarded through (if not by) the BSA.
I suggest that they could be incorporated into the Insignia Guide (#3064).
Many councils publish a list of awards and their requirements that may be
given/earned by adults. Often such a list includes those developed within
their own council and districts.
I know that there is one for one of the Chicago area councils, but which
one escapes me at this time.
Michael S. Holmes, Council Commissioner
SE Wisconsin Council, Inc., BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City