Re: Quality award questions
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 8 Nov 1997 19:31:43 -0600
Bob Caron asked:
>I have a few questions about quality awards. I seem to recall seeing
>something recently about these items, but I'm not sure if I have it
>- My understanding is that in addition to "Quality Unit" patches, there
>are "Quality District" and "Quality Council" ("Quality Region"?) also.
The BSA has a series of Quality programs which allows individuals within
those organizations to "compare themselves" with similar organizations (and
in several cases, to allow the BSA to better monitor the actual "quality" of
There are Quality Units (a Pack, Troop, Team, Post, Ship or Learning for
Life honor), Quality District/Division (a significant number of units
obtaining Quality Unit honors along with the completion of other goals),
Quality Council (a significant number of Districts obtaining Quality
District honors along with the completion of other goals) and Quality Regions
(a significant number of Councils obtaining Quality Council along with the
completion of other programming goals).
There's also a Quality Lodge program which I've heard very little of as well.
>If so, who is authorized to wear them and what are the uniforming
>guidelines applicable to them? (I believe my Troop is in a
>District/Council that was recently awarded Quality District and Quality
Henry Mowry added:
>Awards are strictly civilian wear ... the pins I've (rarely) seen are
>not for your uniform. Patches are not made.
Not true...you need to check with your Council and get those patches,
Henry....your Council may have decided not to purchase the patches from a
cost standpoint, but the patches for Unit, District and Council *are
available* and *have been available* since 1989.
Take a look at my uniforming and insignia site
(http://dynasty.net/users/blkeagle/insignia.htm) to see what the patches
look like. Only the "highest level" should be worn, and only ONE such
Quality patch be worn at any one time. This means that if your Quality
Troop is a part of a Quality District and it's a part of a Quality Council,
then you should wear the Quality Council patch (if your Council purchased
them for ALL members of your Council) or the Quality District (if again,
your Council purchased them for ALL members of your District) or the Quality
Unit patches (which most if not all local Council have obtained for your
unit to purchase).
Unlike the earlier Honor Unit programs, whereby the Council did a "project
sale" to underwrite the cost of the patches and distribution, each unit must
pay for their own Q patches; each Scouter must pay for their own Q patch to
But Henry was correct with this:
> - My Troop's recharter date is December 31, 1997 (a change from last
> year per Council). As such, am I correct that the Quality Unit we
> will apply for next month will be 1998?
>>Absolutely. The 1998 QU applications go out with the Dec '97 recharter
>>packets. Form is remarkably similar to the '97 application ... but no
>>mistaken asterisk on the membership item. :-)
>With regard to Quality District and Quality Council above, when during
>the year are they awarded, and if we as individual Troop members may
>wear those patches, how does that tie in date-wise?
Your Council is chartered either in June or January, in most cases. The
Quality Awards are tied with their chartering process.
Likewise, your Region is chartered in June of each year and the Quality
Region Award is tied in with their chartering process as well.
The Quality Awards program is a REALLY BIG DEAL with professionals,
especially those at the Council and above levels. One of the bennies from
getting Quality Council is that your Council is looked upon as a possible
site for National and Regional field-testing and evaluation of new
programming and new programming support items.....this means more exposure
to National and Regional people from the field staff in those Councils,
which means "upward mobility" in a lot of cases. Additionally, Quality
Councils for significant periods of time are "tagged" to host Regional and
National meetings of the BSA and other national and regional events and
Hope that helps both of you fellas and anyone else out there asking the same
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