Re: When to give the Badge Out...
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 01:16:00 -0400
I think you have good instincts in seeing the advantages of recognizing
achievement as soon as possible. Most Troops have Courts of Honor only
two to four times a year and that can be a long time. Its pretty hard
on a Scout that has made his way through both 2d Class and 1st Class
since the last Court of Honor to have to go to camp and still wear the
Tenderfoot badge and be treated as such.
As soon as the Troop turns in an advancement report to the Council that
Scout is recognized by BSA as having completed his rank requirements (for
all ranks except Eagle). At that point he or his parents would have the
right to buy the patch for him anyway. I'd say cut-to-the-chase and
present him the patch at a Troop meeting line-up. The formal ceremony
can still be important and is a great time to present him with his card,
pin, certificate (they are available at Scout Shops), etc. and to give
the parent's pin(s).
I don't think the Court of Honor is diminished in the slightest by the
fact that the Scout already has the patch proudly displayed on his
uniform as well he ought. After all we are trying to use this as a
carrot to get him to keep on climbing the trail to Eagle. Bottomline: do
it for the Scouts.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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