TRIVIAL TRIVIA III ANSWERS (1/2)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 27 May 1997 10:57:29 -0500
I've divided the answers into two parts....this part takes the first six
And the answers are:
1. A DENNER is the title given to a Cub Scout or WEBELOS Cub Scout who's
elected or appointed as the "youth leader of the Den". The Denner
assists the Den Leader and Assistant with setup and putting away of
the Den meeting area and takes leadership of the Den when requested by
the Den Leader or Assistant. The Denner is kinda outdated as Cub
Scouting has changed since the position was first designed back in the
middle 50s, but the Denner today wears two gold strands of rope with
a gold (yellow) tab as his "leadership badge of office". His Assistant
wears one strand of gold rope.
The DEN AIDE is a device of the 70s and 80s, and is still being used
today in many urban areas. The Den Aide is a youth of Exploring age
(between 14 and 18), which assists the Den Leader and Assistant in a
similar manner as a Den Chief would. The Den Aide is NOT registered
with the Pack, and works with the Den with permission of the Pack and
chartered partner organization, just like a parent does. The Den Aide
is needed in urban areas because of the special needs for additional
supervision and because it is difficult to get Den Chiefs for many
urban Packs. The Den Aide does not wear a uniform or badge, and may
receive a special Den Aide certificate at the end of his or her period
of service. If you choose to use a Den Aide, make SURE that he or she
has been through the BSA's Youth Protection Program and has been
approved by your Pack's chartered partner organization. Many Den Aides
are the sons or daughters of the Den Leader or Assistant Den Leader or
the older brother or sister of one of the Den members.
The DEN DAD doesn't exist anymore. It left when we left Den Mothers
behind for Den Leadership of either gender. The Den Dad did all of the
of the "physical arrangements" for the Den, and cut the pieces of wood,
did the drilling, etc. for various Den projects. The Den Dad was
usually the husband of the Den Mother, although many Packs had single
male adults or other males married to other Cub Scouters serving as
Den Dad...the position was not a registered one but was highly
recommended by National because of the "special ability of the males
in the working of the Den", whatever that meant.
Of the three, only the Denner and Den Aide (in urban and some rural areas
only) are still officially being used.
2. "Steve Scout" was made by Kenner Toys, a division of General Mills.
He was the first commerically-produced Boy Scout doll available for Boy
Scouts (and there was a younger one made for Cub Scouts). He hit the
scene as interest in dolls and Barbie/Ken almost waned, which explained
why it did not take off as fast as it did. The significance was that
this was one of the first commerical products fully "endorsed by the BSA"
which was not camping gear nor outdoor wear...a toy.
3. The Merit Badge is called "My Troop's Own Badge", and to earn it,
each and every Girl Scout Troop must create a series of requirements for
the badge. It cannot duplicate existing ones, and once the girls
establish the requirements, they send a copy to the National Office for
posting. Only the girls in THAT Troop can work toward THAT TROOP's MB.
Therefore, it is possible that two Girl Scout Troops in the same
community can come up with a "neighborhoods" Merit Badge but have totally
DIFFERENT requirements on how to earn it. You can only earn the Troop MB in
the Troop that you are registered in.
The BSA needs to have that kind of merit badge....imagine!!
4. Mary Beth Caruso was the first female Explorer to serve on a National
Explorer cabinet from 1973-74, but it wasn't until the following year
that Explorers elected its first female National President, Mary Wright.
Caruso, whom went onward to serve as a BSA professional, and Wright
were members of the same District's Explorer Presidents' Association.
Mary Beth was the first female Regional Explorer Chair for the Northeast.
Wright was featured in a _Scouting_ magazine article in the winter of
1974 which added to her name-recognition and almost assured her the
election two months later. Wright is from the Norumbega Council (which
was headquartered in Waban, Massachusettes, part of the Northeast Region).
(two ways to find Wright's name: the Highlights of the BSA fact sheet
and World Book lists her as "the first female officer of a BSA program"
in the Boy Scout part of the encylopedia).
5. Long before we had four regions, we had six; and before that, we
The first Regions divided the nation into 12 regions, similiar in style
now to the federal government's regional divisions. Each Region was
numbered using Roman numbers from one (I) to 12 (XII), from east to
In 1973, the BSA decided that it needed to consoldate the Regions for
better service and to cut some of the "overhead". In doing so, they
created six Regions along areas of the nation: Northeast, Southeast,
East Central, North Central, South Central and Western. In 1993, the
BSA consoldated those six Regions into the present four we have now,
eliminating the old North Central and East Central Regions, renaming
the consoldation of South Central and Southeast into a Southern Region,
and realigning North Central and East Central into a Central Region.
There has been calls to rename Northeast Region to Northern Region,
but it has been shelved many times due to what "outsiders" have always
called that part of the nation.
(maps of the Regional alignment and the names of the Regions are found
in the Order of the Arrow and The Council BSA publications. Maps of
the older six regions are also on several sites on the World Wide Web)
6. I had been thinking of the 1964 "Scout Sign" issue as the first
stamp honoring the BSA, but I was wrong. The first stamp was the 1950
"All Programs" stamp, honoring the BSA on its 40th Anniversary. It
featured a Cub, Scout and Explorer and the stamp was 3 cents. (Fred
Rogers caught it first....thanks!) So, either answer would have been correct
for this one, and I've given everyone participating full credit for my error!!
The second parts' coming up.....
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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