scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: New Square knot -- Community Service Awards
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun Jun 04 2000 - 22:42:47 CDT
One of the many things which were discussed during the BSA's National
Meeting was a new square knot to cover several BSA and non-BSA awards which
were being awarded or earned by BSA youth and in some cases adult members.
The Congressional Award is a special award presented by the Congress of the
United States to individuals for the performance of a certain number of
community service, personal growth, and leadership hours over a period of
time. It is presented to youth members either in the Congressional
District's offices or in the Congressmembers' offices in Washington. There
is a Bronze, Gold and Silver version of the Award, and many Scouts and
Scouters have earned one or more of the Awards using their Scouting,
Venturing and/or Scouter service in part or whole in meeting the high
requirements for the Award.
The Young American Awards were first designed by the Department of Justice
under federal law, and was limited to one young adult in each the nation's
50 states -- one for bravery and the other for community service. Very few
of those medals were presented over the years; the BSA was asked to assume
the program and to make the presentations locally as well as on a national
level starting in 1972. The Young American Awards are awarded to youth
(not necessarily BSA youth, but many of the receipients ended up being BSA
youth or adults) in eight areas. Some Councils have also connected small
scholarships to their local Council awards.
The American Legion has a youth awards program which is associated with the
presentation of their generic American Legion medal and ribbon (which BSA
members cannot wear the ribbon to represent the award on the field uniform)
for leadership and community service. The Elks have a similar award,
without a medal.
For this reason, and because many other community, state and national
organizations have similar-type awards which are frequently presented to
Scouts and Scouters (in some cases), the BSA has developed and will release
a special Community Services Award square knot emblem to represent the
presentation of those kinds of awards (and others, like the Exploration
Awards presented by the BSA).
I have not seen the prototype or design color(s) for the knot award; some
Scouters have asked me personally about it because they were informed by
those attending the National Meeting or the professionals' All Hands
Meeting that such a emblem is forthcoming. As soon as I receive a copy of
the design, I will post it to the Unofficial Uniform and Insignia site as
well as informing everyone here.
If you haven't seen the update to the Insignia site, I encourage you to do
so. The knot emblems (http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle/knoindex.htm) has
been updated to include scanned images of the actual award. I'm working on
making the pages more complete, so please bear with the "empty holes".
I have also been told that there's a new square knot emblem for the Silver
Award, but I have yet to see one or even the design. That is the reason
why it is not listed on the Insignia site. I know what the colors
are...but I haven't seen the design.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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