Re: Cub Scout Service Stars
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sun, 22 Jun 1997 13:28:27 -0500
There's NEVER such a thing as a "silly question"....perhaps "silly answers",
but you (and all of *you others* out there (not nice, but pointing fingers
out at those others wanting to ask similar questions in this great forum!!)
are more than welcome to ask ANYTHING here (of course, let's keep in mind
that this is a YOUTH leaders' forum *grinning*)
and we'll do what we can to help you with the answers!
>Today's silly question is about service stars. Kids who graduate from
>Tiger Scouts are authorized a one-year service star on an orange >background.
Let's back up a bit. The service stars are NOT dependent on "program years"
but on "personal years". Let me see if I can explain it with as few lines
as I can.
I became a Cub Scout on March 18th, 1968, but did not receive my Bobcat
badge until March 26th, 1968. On each March 18th during my Cub Scouting
years, I would receive a service star pin (so that on March 18th, 1971, I
would get my last year pin as a Cub Scout). On April 3rd, 1971, I
became a Boy Scout, and every April 3rd, I would be one more year "older" as
a Boy Scout. On August 3rd, 1973, I became an Explorer and would wear a new
year pin each August 3rd afterwards.
As an adult, I have two options. I can wear a year pin representing each
year that I've served as an adult (18), which started in October of 1977 and
go onward (the date is the date that you became a registered adult, not your
birthdate. In my case, the two happened to be the same day, the day I became
an Assistant Scoutmaster). Or I can wear service star(s)
(which is the option I've chosen for myself), representing TOTAL Scouting
service since March 18th, 1968.
So, now, let's answer your question:
I'm going to use myself as an example. I became a Tiger Cub on, say,
October of 1995. I graduated from Tiger Cubs and became a Cub Scout
in October of 1996. I would be able to wear a single service star with an
orange backing on it to denote my one-year tenure as a Tiger Cub Scout.
(We've talked about a year or so back now about what would happen if I
became a Cub Scout BEFORE my tenure date...would I get the one year Tiger
pin or not?? It was split down the middle, with some "insisting that the
date you registered is the date your "service stars" are based on as
policy; others were more understanding and willing to "waive" up to six
month's time in awarding the year pin. It's not a big of a deal as you'd
think it would be, and there's no real "documentation" other than
registration data that needs to be "turned in" to get the pins).
>What happens when they finish up their Wolf year? Do they get a >two-year
star on a blue background or another one-year star on the blue >background?
New program, different backing. When I became a Cub Scout in October of
1996, I started a NEW set of tenure period (just like in my real-life
example illustrated above). Therefore, at October's pack meeting this fall,
I would get a ONE YEAR service star with a YELLOW backing.
In October of 1998, I would be eligible for a two-year pin, again with a
YELLOW backing. I would REMOVE the one-year pin, and replace it with the
two-year pin. I can keep wearing the one-year pin from Tiger Cubs no matter
In October of 1999, I would be eligible for a three-year pin, again with a
YELLOW backing and would remove the old two-year pin and replace it with the
three-year one. (you don't wear all three pins in a row; we used to when we
had pins without numbers in the center; now that we do, you only wear ONE
pin per program).
Just for the benefit of those not aware, here's the backing colors and the
programs they are associated with:
Orange -- Tiger Cub
Yellow -- Cub Scouting
Green -- Boy Scouting
Brown -- Varsity Scouting
Red -- Exploring (to include Career Awareness Exploring)
Blue -- adult service (volunteer or professional or both)
And because we do have lots of Girl Scouters here, if your local Council
allows you, you can wear your Girl Scout service star with the white
backing. Again, check with your local Council; most don't have a problem
with it; some do.
The service stars are worn centered ABOVE the left pocket seam and in a
straight row. If you wear a square knot (or several), the service stars are
worn above the square knot emblems but below the World Crest patch.
Hope that helps you out with the GREAT question, Pat!.....
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