Re: Adult Awards, Leader Knots
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 22:57:27 CDT
Larry Jones <lwjones@FOLEY.GULF.NET> writes:
> Once again I will ask for the wisdom of the list to come to my rescue.
> As I remember this was mentioned back around Feb. of this year, that's why I
>waited until the weekend when the traffic flow was low around here.
> Right now as I sit here am not able to put my hand on my Scoutmaster's
>Handbook,I had it last week, but it seems to allude this morning. The SM
>Handbook has a sampleing of the knots/awards, but as Mike Walton mentioned
>earlier there are many more available. I believe Mike stated that BSA has a
>large color chart similar to the Merit Badge chart that covers these awards.
>I also seem to remember that he stated that this resource was available for
>Council use only.
Yeah...I finally tracked one down in Chattanooga, Tennessee a while back
(back in April). It's not complete, and does not include anything
since 1992 (which means that it does not list the new Hornaday, Tiger
Cub Organizer Training or West Fellowship). But it's nice looking. I
don't have a personal copy, I just saw the one there.
What I've done is to take the full color pages from the current
Scoutmasters' Handbook, blow it up and get it printed via a color
copier machine. That gives me a nice 8x11 print that I can place on a
matte to create something that I can take to Tradeorees or Scout
Shows. I've supplemented the pages with the old square knots, which
I've had photocopied on that same color printer.
Both look nice!
> At our PPC meeting afew weeks ago, our DE reiterated the need to apply for
>the awards/recognition for the Scouters that have earned/fullfilled the
>requirements. If we don't do it on the volunteer basis these Scouters will
>never be recognized for there actions. On the Cub side of Scouting there
>seems to be a wealth of awards available. But, on the other hand, as I see
>it there doesn't seem to be that much available for the Boy Scouter. I
>already had the form for the Scoutmaster's Key and for the Leader's Training
>Award. When I asked my Council what awards were they metioned the 2 above and
That's it as far as Boy Scout Leaders' training awards. However,
there's a LOT MORE awards that can be presented on a local Council
basis to volunteers (and SOME professionals).
> Well, I and many others in the Units I work with are either eligble for
>the Leader's Training, or are very close to it. But the SM's Key is an award
>that very, very few of us will ever have the opportunity to work towards.
>Around here, most SM's stay in office for a decade or longer.
> Are there any other awards attainable? I know of the Religious, Silver
>Beaver, Heroism, and a few others that are earned by the few. But is there
>more recognition for the everyday *Joe/Joline Scouter*?
* The Scoutmasters' Award of Merit is awarded to Scoutmasters that
have been serving their units for at least 18 months, have
participated in both adult and performed youth leader training
experiences, and have with his or her youth leaders, developed a
program which were carried out by the youth. Approval is made by the
Unit Chairman and Senior Patrol Leader, and award consists of a white
square knot, along with a certificate and large 6 inch backpatch.
* The Commissioners' Award of Merit is awarded to unit and
District-level Commissioners, whom have served their units for a five
year or longer period and have significantly improved the performance
of those units. The Award consists of a silver square knot on a red
background with silver border, a plaque and in some local Councils, a
certificate from the Region.
* The Spurgeon Award is a nominative award presented to Exploring
leaders at the unit, local Council or District level for service to
Exploring. It may also be awarded to those organizations and others
with connections to the success of the Exploring program in your local
Council. The award consists of a lapel pin and gold square knot on a
kelly green background (for the individual award) and for
organizations, a nice plaque and lapel pin for the head of the
organization. THIS IS NOT A UNIT AWARD....it is an individual award
or a outside organizational award.
* The Whitney Young Service Award is a nominative award presented to
Scouters supporting rural or intercity units for service to youth in
those areas. The award reflects at least five years of service to
youth and is presented usually at the local Council level. The award
consists of a black and white square knot, with a black border; a
plaque or lapel pin (depending on Council presenting) and a
certificate for holders since 1990.
* The George Meany Award is a nominative award presented to Scouters
whom support units chartered to union organizations or whom are
members of a member union of the AFL-CIO. The award also reflects a
significant amount of time in service and is usually presented at the
local Council level. The award consists of a special medallion
suspended from a ribbon in the union's colors, a certificate and a
square knot in blue with a red and white "BSA flag" background.
* Nine religious organizations present service awards to members of
their church (and to members of other churches) for service to
Scouting. The Catholic Church has two: the St.George Award, which is
presented usually to members of the Church and the Bronze Pelican
Award, which is usually presented to non-members. There's others
presented by Protestant, Jewish, LDS, Salvation Army, and other
churches. A Scouter only wears ONE Adult Religious Service award knot
(which is a deep purple knot on a silver (grey) background with silver
mylar background) no matter how many adult awards he or she may be
* The Order of the Arrow has a Distinguished Arrowman Award which is
also presented on a nominative basis to Arrowmen that have
distinguished themselves by service to their local Council, Lodge, or
through the camping program of the local Council. The award consists
of a certificate, a special white square knot on a red background, and
an arrowhead pendant with an arrow through it suspended from a white
ribbon with red arrows embrodered throughout in the center.
* Dozens of other local Councils have special awards that they present
to Scouters as precursors to the District/Division Award of Merit or
the Silver Beaver Awards. There's a variety of names and requirements
for those awards, which can take the form of a certificate or patch or
both, all the way to a plaque or pendant-type award.
> We have many Scouters out there that are getting close to burnout, and it's
>amazing what a little pat on the back will do to help out.
I agree deeply with you, and support your efforts to get recognition
for those others that work with youth in your area. A while back,
Professor Beaver (Mike Bowman) reposted a listing of awards that while
they aren't National Awards or something associated with a square
knot, can have just as much meaningfulness to a Scouter as the Silver
Beaver ever will be. Check out that posting and see what you can do
in your District to make some or all of those "happen" for those
assistants that are "hanging in there".
>BTW, I have plenty of Trails End Popcorn for sale, anyone interested...? <g>
No thanks. I have a couple of buckets in our storage shed from TWO
YEARS ago! Perhaps next spring, though!! * grinning *
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