Sun, 3 Nov 1996 17:05:07 -0600
I too, have been away for a couple of days...sorry for the delay in
my response as well..
Thanks, George for the reminder....its found in a one-page handout
which is supposed to supplement the 1996 Leadership Development
Plans and Procedures booklet. I got a copy from the Buffalo Trace
Council's office before I left to come over here....I don't know if
this is a COUNCIL deal or a NATIONAL deal, but I side with
George since he made the call to National.
>Mike is generally correct about being unable to earn two awards
>in the same registered position at the same time (EXCEPT, see
>below), and I agree with his interpretation that if you are
>functioning in two or more positions simultaneously that you can
>earn the appropriate awards simultaneously.
>The EXCEPT is critical. Per personal discussion with the
>National Boy Scout Division about three years ago, you may count
>the tenure as SM for both the Scouter's Training Award (STA) and
>the Scouter's Key (SK), and earn both in three years. Earning
>the STA is a requirement for earning the SK. When I pointed out
>that meant 5 years as SM to earn the SK, they said "No, we don't
>mean that, we mean 3 years total service as SM." They are not
>clear at all about that in the "Leadership Training Plans
>Policies Procedures" manual. I have asked them to document the
>change but they have not yet.
It hasn't shown up except for the one-pager that I have which says
that "Scoutmasters may count the first three years of service as Scoutmaster
toward earning the Scoutmaster Award of Merit and (my emphasis) THE
SCOUTERS' TRAINING AWARD. The Scouters' Training Award now
becomes part of the requirements for earning the Scouters' Key Award as
Scoutmaster. All other requirements (explained in susequent paragraphs)
are the same"
>Mike's is correct for all other programs, i.e. Cubs, Varsity,
>Explorers, etc. The inconsistency is with Boy Scouting Division.
>Can't explain it, it just exists.
It will be corrected when (and I don't know when) the other programs
decide that the Leaders' Award of Merit is worth giving to Cubbers
and Exploring leaders (I've already expressed a recommendation for the
Exploring folk to get the LAM following the same requirements for the
The "Leaders' Award of Merit" is the working name for the award which
will be presented to ALL primary leaders (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster,
Coach, Advisor, Skipper) at the conclusion of basic training and 18 months'
tenure. Nothing's been decided....and won't be for some time). There has
been some marked, documented success with the Scoutmasters' Award of
Merit and it has been discussed to "share the wealth" even if it means
redesigning the large 6-inch jacket patch to accomphish it...as one National
Scouter wrote me back in September, "this is one of the cheapest awards that
National has....and even if it's not successful, we still have a fullcolor large
patch to sell!")
>To recap, for Scoutmasters only:
> Earn the Scoutmasters Award of Merit (White knot) at 18
> months or after.
> Earn the Scouter's Training Award (Green knot) at 24 months
> or after.
> Earn the Scouter's Key (White & green knot) at 36 months or
>To recap, for Commissioners only:
> Earn the Arrowhead at 6 months or after.
> Earn the Scouter's Key at 36 months or after.
> Earn the Distinguished Commissioner at 5 years consecutive
Thanks again, George!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
(Brigade) Signal Officer, TF 21, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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