scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Webelos Transition to Boy Scouts
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Wed Mar 31 1993 - 19:42:51 CST
Stu is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT:
>Huh? The Arrow Of Light is _still_ a rectangular blue patch with a gold
>arrow on it; a Webelos Scout who has earned it wears it on the left pocket
>flap of his Cub Scout uniform (above the button) and a Boy Scout who earned it
>as a Webelos Scout can wear it underneath the left pocket of his uniform.
>This was true 20+ years ago when I earned it, and it is still true today unless
>something has changed VERY recently, like in the past week or so!
NOTHING has changed or GOING TO CHANGE, Stu.... The Arrow of Light is the
highest award in Cub Scouting, and that's why Boy Scouts get to wear it on
their uniform shirts.
>The KNOT is for _adults_ who earned the AoL to wear, if they so desire -- but
>I agree, many people have no idea what the knot means though.
To be honest, a lot of adults have *no clue* as to what the MAJORITY of the
knot emblems representing Scouting's various training and service awards!!
I was working on a story about this, but...
First, a LOT of Scouters *still believe* that the "Award" consists of the knot.
That's it. "I'm earning my knot" is still heard around here, on other
forums, and just about everywhere else.
Many Scouters feel that the green square knot means that "you've been
through Scoutmaster Fundamentals" and means you're a trained leader. And
those Scouters that have earned and wear the Scouters' Key Award's white and
green square knot "has been through Wood Badge".
Among Cub Scouters, if you haven't "gotten your knot" as a Cub Scout leader
(the blue and gold Cub Scouters' (training) Award is what they are referring
to), then you're either brand new or you've never been to training or Pow-Wow.
Speaking of Pow-Wow, there are LOTS of Scouters out there that think that
Pow-Wow is a "training knot", the blue knot on the yellow background is the
The red and white background of the blue knot used for the Meany Labor
Service Award has been mistaken for the Order of the Arrow's Vigil Honor....
...and I won't even go into the youth and adult religious emblem knots and
what they represent!
The Unofficial Uniform and Insignia site is being updated to include the
actual MEDAL or CERTIFICATE (speaking of which: is there a professional out
there holding the Professional Training Award whom would please scan or fax
their certificate to me? That's the only "award" for the Training Award
(and similiarily, if someone out there holds the Professional Circle Award,
would you please do the same. Don't cover anything up...I want to make sure
that you get the credit for the item...thank you very much!) ) for each
award shown. I've been lazy in getting this done....but it will be finished
SOON!). Hopefully, this will help Scouters to realize that the various
"knot emblems" is NOT for "serving as a Scoutmaster for three years" or for
"going to Roundtables for a year and a half and that's it."
Stu, you were right on target!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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