scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Badges of rank, etc.
Brown Michael-EMB021 (Michael_Brown-EMB021@EMAIL.MOT.COM
Mon Jun 19 2000 - 14:11:59 CDT
This is how my scout troop handled the issue of giving out advancement stuff
on a timely basis.
At the end of the meeting that a boy earned advancement (rank, MB, or skill
awards), we would announce who had earned what so that they could be
recognized. We kept a stock of skill awards, which we then gave out right
then. We had a small stock of Scout thru First Class badges, and we'd give
them out right then.
Once we turned in our advancement sheets, we would purchase the awards and
cards. If the boy already received the award (see above), that award would
go back into our stock. MB and other awards not yet received would then be
presented at end of our next meeting. (this would be a couple of weeks
after the first one).
Then, at our Court of Honors (we had about 3-4, one in August/September to
present awards earned during the summer & induct new leaders, one around
Dec/Jan, and then one toward the end of the year to give out awards before
camp), we would present the cards, all properly filled out and signed. For
ranks and offices, we'd do a nice ceremony as part of it. We also would
present the mother pins.
The important thing is to get the rank awards out as soon as possible. It
is easy to get extras IF you have earned them. I'm a Life Scout, and have
the card to prove it, so I can buy anything but Eagle. MB are not that
important, as they are pretty much only worn on MB sashes, and you only see
those at CoH. There is time to get those to the kids so they can sew them
The key is:
Recognize immediately that the boy has earned the award. Get him the actual
award as soon as possible to sew on his uniform. Hold the cards for the
court of honors.
Don't get upset that you can't give him the actual award within a couple of
weeks. Don't hold everything until the CoH.
Hope this helps
Venturing Crew #1838