Re: eagle palms 2
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 14:13:52 -0500
Tim thanked those that answered his previous question and then he wrote:
>alot of people have said to wear the palm on the badge, but I have been
>critized for that too. People in my council are criticle of everything!
Let them. You've earned the HIGHEST AWARD in BOY SCOUTING.
Let that stand on its own merits, and don't worry what they're saying.
I'm proud that you've even asked how to best display that fact to your
fellow Scouts (and Scouters!). A lot of "Eagle Scouts" (said loosely)
fade from view within days of earning Eagle and some don't even wear
the Eagle Badge on their uniforms...they are still running around with a
Life Badge attached to their pockets!! *crossed-eyed look*
Folks at the Council level find things to "bug folks about". For months, one
of our District Executives would complain to me about the fact that I choose
to wear the EKU Crest of Leadership patch as a temporary patch. The EKU
Crest is the same as the ALL OUT FOR SCOUTING! Crest, except it is
fully embrodered and the border color is silver instead of yellow/gold.
It holds a great deal of symbolism for those few members of the Scouting Club/
Post at EKU, and I do wear it with some pride.
This dude feels that I should be wearing instead a temporary patch -- any
patch -- of the Council I'm with (not Transatlantic..the stateside one). Even
though he's been told in my presence that "he can wear whatever he wants to
as long as it fits the pocket and is Scout-like", he still "annoys" me about it.
I brush him off. I think what he's REALLY hinting around, is to see if I
him one of those Crests...which I can't.
So see, Tim, some folks just want to "get after you" for any little
thing...don't let them.
>also when I wear the palm on my badge people dont notice. (its kinda nice
>to brag every once in a while).
Let you in on a secret: They don't notice much when it's on the knot, or
of the medal, either. Only those that really know the significance will even
say anything to you about it...most folks *think* that's part of the Eagle
*You* know it's there, right?? That's all that truly matters. Yeah, its
really nice to "show off" a little (folks say that every time I leave the
house wearing my "best shirt". It has a bunch of square knots and devices
and stuff. If I said that I didn't give it little thought, I'd be
lying....but I don't let it bother me and if I think that my wearing my
"best shirt" would interfere or distract from what I'm doing there, I go
back and change shirts. (Sometimes Jessiann would say "you change more than
a woman changes...put something on and LET'S GO")!
But the REAL test is when some new Scout comes up to your shirt and starts
examining it, and find that Silver Palm there (and hopefully, the Bronze one
beside it!)...and starts asking you "What's that in the middle....is that
(That's when the REAL "bragging" starts, Tim....*broad smile*) "No, I went past
Eagle...that's a Silver Palm for earning 15 merit badges past Eagle!!"
With us adults, its a row of the same thing with different colors to them.
right now, it's a very distinctive and colorful emblem centered right there
for God and
Country to see.
> also does anyone know if there is a
>different application for your second bronze palm (4th palm)????
No. The same application is used for each palm. There's a checkoff block
palm this is going, and in most Councils, with the "second "go-around" and
they simply write in "SECOND" or "THIRD" or "FOURTH" before the words
"Bronze Palm", "Gold Palm" or "Silver Palm".
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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