scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Scoutmaster's Key Question
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Thu May 06 1993 - 17:36:35 CDT
David Sanderson wrote and asked:
>The requirements for the Scoutmaster's Key seem quite clear.
>My question involves the tenure requirement: "Complete at
>least 3 years of registered tenure as a Scoutmaster within
>a 5-year period (can include the tenure used to earn the
This is because unlike the Cubmaster AWARD, the Scoutmasters' KEY Award
(along with its Varsity Coach, Venturing Advisor, and Sea Scout Skipper
versions) can ONLY BE EARNED BY THE KEY LEADER (Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor,
Skipper). Assistants/Associates and Mates CAN NOT EARN THE KEY.
The Key leader CAN however, earn in this progression: the Scoutmaster Award
of Merit (18 months), the Scouters' Training Award as a Boy Scout Leader (2
years) and then the Scouters' Key Award as Scoutmaster (the remainder six
months to a year).
>Consider this "problem"... Our troop has ONE registered
>Scoutmaster, but something like NINE or TEN (or more)
>registered Asst. Scoutmasters. This, I am sure, is a "problem"
>that many Troops would like to have. As such, the Asst.
>Scoutmasters can earn the Boy Scout Leader's Training Award,
>but cannot earn the Scoutmaster's Key (or the Scoutmaster
>Award of Merit!).
The KEY is ONLY earned by the KEY LEADER (hence its' name). Everyone else
in a Boy Scout Troop can only earn the Scouters' Training Award as a Boy
Scout leader. If they want to earn the Key, they MUST become the
Scoutmaster, and meet all of the requirements listed AS THE REGISTERED
The Scoutmaster Award of Merit (and its Venturing counterpart) can be earned
by a succession of Assistant Scoutmastes/Associate Advisors working in a
"round robin", each for a 18 month period of time registered as Scoutmaster
>Can you have more than one registered SM in a Troop or CM in a Pack, etc.?
No, you CAN NOT. From a "program point of view" as well as from a
"administrative" point of view, you cannot. The Scoutmaster works with the
Troop's Senior Patrol Leader and serves as the mentor to that young man.
Since a Troop only has ONE Senior Patrol Leader, a Troop can ONLY have ONE
SCOUTMASTER. From an admin point of view, which "Scoutmaster" does the
Council or even National for that matter, send mailings to??
I understand what you're wanting to do, David, but it's impractical. If you
want those several Assistant Scoutmasters to get experience serving as
Scoutmaster, your Troop can "hand off" the Scoutmaster reins to each one in
turn for a quarter of a year. It doesn't count toward tenure for the
Scoutmasters' Key, but it DOES count for experience in serving as
Scoutmaster of a Troop, which is more important than a medal and certificate.
(The "worth" of the square knot emblem representing the Scoutmasters' Key
Award, I leave it to you to determine.)
If you are wanting these individuals to be recognized for their service,
training and support, I would strongly recommend that when your District has
their annual recognition banquet, that your Troop's Committee put these
folks in for District-level recognitions. Most Districts award special
certificates, plaques or ribboned medallions or medals to volunteers in
units that have contributed or supported that UNIT, with little or no
"interaction" with the District. It's a good way to "share the wealth" around.
However, if your're trying to get these individuals "another square knot" to
wear, the only thing I could even recommend is that they seek out their
faith's adult service emblem and strive or your Troop recomends them to
The Scouters' Key is ONLY for the SOLE PERSON serving as the key volunteer
in that unit; the Cub Scout program decided a while back not to have a "key
person"; their reasoning was that although the Cubmaster is the "key person
in the Pack, that there's a lot of other adults in that Pack that are there
to "help make the pack go" and are deserving of recognition. That's why
there's no longer a Cubmasters' Key Award and instead, ALL of the Cub Scout
Awards omit the word "Training" from their titles.
Hope this helps out, David!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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