scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Scoutmaster's Key Question
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG
Fri May 05 2000 - 15:57:08 CDT
No, you are not reading too much into this. The Scoutmaster's Key is
specifically aimed at Scoutmasters, as is the Scoutmaster's Award of Merit.
You have to serve as a scoutmaster to earn either of these awards. You are
correct that Assistant Scoutmasters can earn the Training Award (as can
SMs, for that matter--in fact, earning the training award is a requirement
for the SM Key).
The Scoutmaster's Award of Merit, an award for scoutmasters from the
National Eagle Scout Association, requires 18 months tenure, and that at
least half the scouts in the candidate's troop advance to First Class.
Interestingly, I believe this is the only award a scoutmaster can earn that
has a requirement involving a specific number of boys advancing to a
particular rank (and note that the rank involved is First Class, and NOT
Eagle). In addition, the award application must be accompanied by a letter
of support from the troop committee chairman and the senior patrol leader.
The Scoutmaster's Key requires three years' tenure as a SCOUTMASTER within
a five-year period, as well as a number of other requirements I won't list
here. It doesn't mean that the candidate has to serve the three years
consecutively, or that the service as scoutmaster has to be with the same
troop. However, it does require that the candidate serve the three years
in question as a scoutmaster, not as an assistant scoutmaster.
You are also correct that tenure for the CM award is only two years; this
was changed in about 1996, I believe. I remember seeing the announcement
in Scouting. It used to be three years' tenure.
Hope this clears things up! Bottom line: you are interpreting the tenure
requirement for the SM Key correctly. It means what it says!
Ceremonies Team Adviser
Colonial Chapter, Amangamek Wipit Lodge 470
Order of the Arrow, BSA