Re: Scouter's (or Scoutmaster's) Key
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 17:21:52 -0500
Richard Thomas asked:
>I am looking for information on the Scouter's Key, and/or the
>Scoutmaster's Key. Are these the same award?
The Scoutmaster's Key is a subset of the Scouters' Key Award. Technically,
the award is called the "Scouters' Key Award as Scoutmaster", but everyone
including the BSA themselves, have called it the Scoutmaster's Key Award.
There's also Scouters' Keys that can be earned by District Committeemembers,
Unit/District Commissioners and their Assistants, Varsity Scout Coaches, and
Sea Exploring Ship Skippers. There's also an Exploring version called the
Advisor's Key or the Service Team Chair Key, and there USED TO BE a version
for Cub Scouters called the Cubmaster Key. Those that have earned it can
still wear the Scouters' Key square knot with the Cub Scout device on the
Cub Scout Cubmasters now earn the Cubmaster Award, which is not considered a
The "Key" indicated the "key man" (now key man or woman) that served as the
principle leader in a variety of key jobs in Scouting.
>What are the requirements?
Basically, the Key must be earned by the "key person" in that role. In our
case, for this response, it is the Scoutmaster and ONLY the Scoutmaster that
can earn the Scouters' Key Award as Scoutmaster. Assistant Scoutmasters and
Committeemembers earn the Scouters' Training Award.
The Key requires that a Scoutmaster serve as Scoutmaster of a Troop for
three to five years, assisting that unit to obtain Quality Unit status for
three of those five years; he or she must attend a specific number of
Roundtable meetings during each qualifying year (I think it's nine of twelve
meetings per year), and must complete a series of projects (including as an
option, to complete Wood Badge). The award is approved by the District or
Council's training committee, and is usually awarded during the District or
Council's Conference or (should be, in my opinion only) during the Troop's
Court of Honor.
The specific requirements can be obtained from your Commissioner,
Richard....he or she should have given you a card with all of the
requirements on it which doubles as the application for the award.
The award consists of a signed certificate, a green and white square knot,
and the award, a gold key with a universal emblem suspended from a ribbon
made of green, white and green parts.
If a person earns a Key in one program, and later earns another Key as key
leader in another phase of the program, he or she can apply a device to the
knot to represent the program that the award was earned in. That same
device can be attached to the ribbon of the medal.
The medal is worn during formal occasions; the square knot during informal
Hope this helps you out, Richard!!
>available in any BSA literature? Thanks in advance for your help.
>Scoutmaster, Troop 530, Northeast Georgia Council
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