Re: Eagle Palms
Ernest R. Spradling (102736.1372@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 23 Nov 1995 13:12:57 EST
While Ed though that these were simple questions, they are really
thought-provoking. They address several issues - traditions, advancement
On Wed, 22 Nov 1995 13:23:40 EST Ed Helms
>A question came up at the last troop board of review about Eagle Palms. What
>order are they earned, I know that this sounds like a simple question, but the
>example was this, a Scout has earned 15 badges past Eagle and he has been
>active for six months since becoming an Eagle, does he qualify for a gold palm
>or does he need to earn the bronze one then wait another six months for the
>gold and then another for the silver?
Ed, the customary order for earning the Eagle Palms is as follows:
Bronze Palm - 5 Merit Badges beyond Eagle
Gold Palm - 10 " " "
Silver Palm - 15 " " ".
A boy who is rather busy doing both leadership in his unit and working on merit
badges usually has time to earn only 5 merit badges in a six month period. He
apply for the Bronze Palm for the 5 badges. The next 5 go toward his Gold Palm,
which replaces the Bronze Palm on his Eagle Award. When he earns an additional
5 merit badges, he replaces the Gold Palm with a Silver Palm.
Since this boy already has 15 merit badges beyond Eagle, he should be eligible
wear the Silver Palm without waiting 18 months to do so. The Advancement
and Procedures manual does not, IMHBCO, adequately cover this.
>The book says something like a Scout can only wear the proper combination
>of palms, what does this mean that he can only wear one at a time or do they
>have to be earned in order but he can wear them as he earns them. I was
>hoping somebody could help clear this up.
The "proper combination is as follows:
5 - Bronze Palm
10 - Gold Palm
15 - Silver Palm
20 - Silver Palm and Bronze Palm
25 - Silver Palm and Gold Palm
30 - Two Silver Palms, and so on.
If the combinations are followed, a boy who earned 30 Merit Badges wears the two
Silver Palms, rather than one of each metal. The sequence, from top to bottom
ribbon, is not covered any more in any insignia guide. I had to find the
in a 1932 edition of the Uniform and Insignia Guide. The wearing sequence was,
from top to bottom, was Siulver, Gold Bronze.
>And while we are at it, why is gold put before silver, when traditionally(sp?)
>is silver then gold?
Sorry, the sequence having silver superior to gold is not changed for the Eagle
Now, someone want to tell us why Silver is places higher than Gold in the
metal sequence for the badges of office and rank in the BSA system?
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Arrowhead District Simon Kenton Council
(and a good ole Owl, too! SR-5)
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