Re: Service Stars
JAMES A SHECKELS (sheckej@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 23 Feb 1996 15:33:24 -0800
Gregory F. Smith wrote, in part:
>When it comes to Veterans Pins tenure starts from the date of
>registration in the Adult Position.
Tenure for the Veteran's recognition begins from the start of ANY
registered Scout service, to include youth service as a Tiger, Cub, Boy
Scout, Varsity Scout and Explorer. See the Insignia Contraol Guide
section on youth service - the five year pin is available for youth
members and Scouters. It states that the ten year pin is for Scouters,
but does not include the youth members. I suspect this is an oversight
by National as a youth can certainly have 10 years service (5 as a
Tiger/Cub and up to seven as a Boy Scout/Varsity/Explorer). Don't
quote me on the ten year pin, as it is not what the Insignia Guide
says. I intend to send a letter to National to ask for clarification
on this point. I'll let you know what I find out.
>Tiger Cub adults should not wear the orange background and service
>star since they are not technically registered. In actualluality they
>are partners with their child in the program but only a registration
>form for the child is completed.
I don't know how Gregory is defining "technically", but I would say
that the adult partner is indeed registered as the partner's name is
listed on the Tiger registration, unless it has changed sometime in the
last 3 years (I haven't really looked at one since 93). It seems the
partner's name prints on the unit charter list too (don't have a Pack
sheet here with me to look at). Since the partner is "registered" with
the Tiger, the partner is indeed giving adult service - Tiger's CANNOT
happen without the ADULT partner - and that is service, albeit normally
service with one's own child. As others have pointed out, the BSA has
formally stated such through the official medium of the Scouting
magazine - ONLY members who were Tigers as a YOUTH may wear the orange
background, and ALL adults, to include Tiger partners, wear the blue
background for adult service.
As to my earlier post on partial year "credit" for a year of service
star, I want to reiterate that I did say the practice is generally
accepted, NOT official policy.
(I need to get a spell chcker on my browser! ;-0)
YIS Jim Sheckels I used to be a Bobwhite....
(The wreath stands for SERVICE)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City