Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Rank Badges
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 16:09:03 -0500
When I was a SM and worked with the joining requirements I always explained
the meanings of the badges as follows.
The Tenderfoot badge is the shape of the fluer-de-lis. It has three points
upward which stand for the three points of the Scout Oath. It is the
symbol used by the ancient mariners and map makers to indicate North on the
compass rose. Just as North was the guide to the mariner sailing across
uncharted and dangerous waters, the Scout Oath guides us through the
challenges and dangers of life. The Eagle stands for the liberty we have
as Americans which allows us to choose our guide to life. The shield
reminds us that we should love liberty to point that we would be willing to
protect and defend it, even with our own life. The stars are our constant
inspirations and companions. The two shown stand for Truth and Knowledge.
Taken together, the symbols of the Tenderfoot badge provide us with a great
description of how to live our lives.
The Second Class Badge is in the shape of a smile. The scroll contains the
summary of everything a Scout strives for - Be Prepared. The knot at the
bottom of the scroll reminds use to Do a Good Turn Daily. Taken together,
this is an excellent perscription on how to treat others - Always be
prepared to cheerfully extend a hand to others.
When you put the guide to a Scout's life together with a prescription for
treating others, you have described a person who is first class in all he
says and does.
When that first class Scout starts to lead others along the way he is
going, he becomes their guiding light. He becomes a star for them to follow.
When that message of ledership has become second nature, when the guide to
his life becomes an integral part of him, he no longer has to think about
it. The message enters and becomes part of the core of his being, it
becomes part of his heart for the rest of his life.
With the guide for a Scout's life and the way to treat and lead others in
his heart, he is ready to soar. We see him looking sharply at what is done
and needs to be done. We know he will have the strength and courage to
lead toward the best. He becomes an Eagle.
I am a story teller. I find that this story seems to stick with many
Scouts and may help them get a feel for what I want them to accomplish
outside of and in addition to the requirements of the badges. I guess this
was my first description to them of Scout spirit. Twelve Eagle Scouts
later, I think it has worked for some of them.
Troop 417 Scoutmaster Emeritus and ASM
Buckeye District Boy Scout RT Commissioner
Post 214 - Black Sheep OA Dance Team and Construction Crew - Advisor
Always an Eagle - EC430 Frenetic Fox
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