Thu, 23 Nov 1995 01:09:25 CST
You wrote ...
>A question came up at the last troop board of review about Eagle
>Palms. What order are they earned.....
Eagle Palms. reference 1995-97 Boy Scout Requirements booklet
After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the
1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after
becoming an Eagle Scout or after the award of the last Palm.
2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath ( Promise) and
Scout Law in your everyday life.
3. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership
4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle
or last Palm.*
* Merit badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used
to meet this requirement.
5. Take part in a Scoutmaster Conference.
You may wear only the proper combination of Palms for the number of
merit badges you earned beyond the rank of Eagle. The Bronze Palm
represents 5 merit badges, the Gold Palm 10, and the Silver 15.
>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?
He applies for the Bronze Palm first. After completing the above
requirements and the Scoutmaster Conference he is awarded the Bronze
Palm. This restarts the clock for the second palm, the Gold Palm.
The previously earned merit badges are considered for the Gold and
Silver Palm. He must be active and demonstrate leadership for at
least another three months since the Bronze Palm date and satisfy the
above requirements once again.
It should be noted that active service and leadership may mean
different things to different troops. I would encourage you to use
your Eagle Scouts as a role model and clearly announce to the rest of
the troop what the Scout has done to be awarded the Palms.
After the Silver Palm, you start over, with the second Bronze, the
second Gold and the second Silver, etc.....
> 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.
There was a recent discussion on this subject on scout-l. The
conclusion was the "right" way ( as you stated) was not the only way.
Since there is no uniform police, and who is going to fuss at an Eagle
Scout with three Palms all showing at once. My son displays all 5 of
his Palms at once. He loves it when the Cub Scouts and new Scouts
check out his uniform.
>I was hoping somebody could help clear this up. And while we are
>at it, why is gold put before silver, when additionally it is
>silver then gold?
Good question, I really don't know how the order became as it did,
Bronze, Gold and Silver. I will have to refer that to Professor
Beaver and the BlackEagle.
Rick Covington, UC,ASM,AWL
T713 / P874
Circle Ten Council
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