Youth Leadership in America (serious and kinda long)
Jason Cruse (jcruse@NEMONET.COM)
Sat, 23 Aug 1997 18:05:12 -0500
(List: I sent this to Mike's personal address as well, but if anyone else
has any ideas, I'd appreciate it.)
I sent a letter to the council scout exec on the Youth Leadership in
America award square knot you are developing/have developed. He denied my
request to be allowed to wear it, saying he did not have the authority to
authorize this knot.
I am preparing a response. First, our OA lodge already wears something
similar to what some Mic-O-Say people wear, which is specific to our lodge,
and obviously was approved by the scout exec. So, evidently he DOES have
the authority to do it, since it has already been done.
I also know that other awards are given in some districts, in this and in
other councils, which are worn on the uniform. Most of the ones with which
I am familiar are given for a "lower" degree of award, generally at the
district level, for service not quite recommending the District Award of
These examples, however, won't be enough. He wrote the following:
"The *Insignia Guide* claifies official policy regarding BSA uniforms and
insignia in the inside cover. The last two paragraphs are relevant
regarding authorization of a new square knot:
'The leaders of Scouting-both volunteer and professional-promote the
wearing of the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
'The Rules and Regulations and policy. The following pages contain our
uiform policy as taken from the *Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of
America.* The chapters contain applications of the regulations to each
program area. Neither the *Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of
America*, the policy, not the program applications may be added to or
changed in any way unless approved by the National Executive Board of the
Boy Scouts of America through its Program Group Commitee.'
"Local council employees have no authority to approve a new square knot..."
Evidently, his interpretation is based on the "added to or changed"
statement. However, it has been noted several times on Scouts-L that a
letter was sent to Scout Execs in the early 90s (or thereabouts) that gave
some authorization for such things for local use.
I'd really find a copy of this letter, or at least its date, and the
relevant parts of it, useful for formulating my reply. If you can give any
help in this regard, I'd really appreciate it.
Jason A. Cruse
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City