scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: wording about wearing Palms
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun Apr 18 1993 - 20:22:13 CDT
I was asked to clarify part of my "rant" about the Palms:
I wrote in part:
> What happens after you've earned the third Palm? The process starts over
> again with the Bronze Palm...same requirements, same time period, same
> Only thing, the "highest combination" of Palms are worn when earned. That
> "highest combination" is ALWAYS going to consist of a Silver Palm (or more
> than one) and EITHER a Gold OR Bronze Palm to "match the number of merit
> badges earned."
In other words, after the first "series" of Bronze, Gold and Silver Palms, a
Scout or Venturer is going to wear at least ONE Silver Palm and EITHER the
Bronze or the Gold Palm (the Silver and Bronze to represent 20 and the
Silver and Gold to represent 25 merit badges).
There will NEVER be an instance in which a Scout or Venturer would wear more
than ONE Bronze or Gold Palm in the combinations denoting the number of
merit badges past Eagle. At 30 merit badges, TWO Silver Palms are worn. At
60 merit badges beyond Eagle FOUR Silver Palms are worn.
And to the man whom felt that I've singled him out, I had NO INTENTIONS on
singling out you nor ANY holder of the Eagle Scout Badge with Palms.
However, I cannot understand your motivation for retaining to wear something
that "they gave it to me, so I'm going to wear it."
This is why although I was "presented" with the Young Service Award before I
was commissioned as an officer, the black and white square knot with red
border will NEVER appear on a field uniform I own. Some would say "that's
noble but very stupid...you WERE after all, presented the award, so you
should wear it."
I hate to go back to parts of my book, but sometimes it just leads in that
When I was a Scout, there were Scouts in my Troop that received awards
simply because "well, the things existed so we'll give them out." If you
were to ask them what it was for, you would get this blank stare and then as
if someone turned on a light fixture, they would say "I don't know. The
Scoutmaster just gave it to me."
If you don't know why you're received something, or understand why the award
was presented to you, maybe you shouldn't wear it. At least that's *my*
I apologize if my rant struck too close to home, but when I posted, I didn't
do so with any other intentions except to vent from a long week and the
conclusion of something which could have been resolved very easily by the
Scouter admitting from the first off-start that he never EARNED the Palms,
but they were just "given" to him before he turned 18.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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