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  1. Meteu If you do not like a particular policy regarding uniforming, feel free to contact the National Uniform and Insignia Committee. They are always open to suggestions. Changes to uniforming, if any, usually take a while. Make your case and it might be changed in your favor in the future. You won't know until you do it!
  2. The proper wearing of the uniform and placement of insignia (including advancement) is covered in the Insignia Guide book. This is the book that the Boy Scouts of America says what's what and where everything goes. Using your same logic, then I can wear rank advancement on my pants pocket. I can wear merit badges on the back of my shirt! Sounds absurd, doesn't it? There is rhyme and reason for the placement of badges and the proper wearing of the uniform. You don't wear OA sash on non-Order of the Arrow functions. When you do, it it worn in the same manner as the merit badge sas
  3. They make it from "scratch." I wanted the cargo pockets left off my pants, it costs extra; but it can be done. Why not "from scratch" with the new shirt as well?
  4. www.Scouting.Org has some website guidelines for unit websites and for district/council websites. The guidelines vary, according to who "owns" the website. A unit website is "owned" by the Chartering Organization and the BSA can not officially dicate any "rules," only offer common-sense guidelines. I would suggest using the COPPA policies that the USA government has set up. Also, good-old common sense goes a long way in developing a unit website. District and Council websites must meet stricter guidelines (but they are still guidelines). Check out the guidelines for websi
  5. I would have to say: The District Commissioner - helps provide service to the individual units. District Training Committee Chair -- "gotta get them trained!" District Advancement Chair - especially Eagle BOR Chair. District Activities/Civic Programs Chair. (Cub Day Camps Pinewood Derbies, Good Turn For America, Scouting For Food, annual Awards Banquet, etc.) Also, District Camping Chair (Camp promotions, Camporees, etc.) and finally, Roundtable Commissioner(s). Roundtable are a great source of supplemental information, on-going training, and exchange of ideas,
  6. I paid lifetime membership in my OA Lodge --- not Lifetime membership in the National Order of the Arrow. If I move to another Council and another lodge, then I will still have to pay dues to the new lodge. It justs makes it easier to pay all at once for something than having to remember to pay each and every year --- especially when you get to be as "old" as I am! lol "National" OA does not provide "lifetime" membership, but our lodge (AKK #185) does provide that option to its members (both youth and adults).
  7. ecco40 You stated "At a recent Eagle COH, three Scouts, one 18, two 19, wore their uniform with their Eagle rank badge. When asked, I said, no, that was improper uniforming. As adults, they should not wear patches indicating rank." Did you mean to say SCOUTERS? If they were youth members in the BSA (Venture??), they of course would wear their Eagle Badges. If they were registered as Adults (Assistant Scoutmaster??), then the Eagle square knot would be in order.
  8. I'm confused. Well, I guess your Eagle is better than my son's Eagle. We are all Eagles. No one is "better" than another. Does the fact that I have Eagle Palms make me better than my cousin who does not have any Eagle Palms on his Eagle square knot? No! Just different. I paid for "lifetime" membership to my Council's OA lodge. I figured I would be lazy and pay it all at once and get it over with, instead of paying year-by-year. Got a snazzy OA flap. Does that make me a better Arrowman? No. Just because I had the $$ and could afford it (this one time) I did it. Does
  9. I totally agree with the other posters. Cub Scouting is more about doing, rather than "getting the award." One exception would be the Tiger Program. Participation is the key factor in the Tigers program, rather than accomplishing a certain task. Go to a National Historic Site would be a "Go See It" and also another bead for visiting a national park. Two beads, one trip. But that would be the exception, rather than the rule. Once they get beyond Tigers, stick to "do one requirement, get one requirement checked off."
  10. Since I have selected to serve on my Council's Committee, I guess I will have to shell out the $$$ for a new uniform, with the prerequisite 2009 FOS CSP. Gwd, ever thought about going the "custom-made" option from ScoutStuff.org. I probably will, since I personally don't like the pocket on the sleeve, and a few other features on the uniform. Like the material, though. Probably get a few shirts when I go to Jambo 2010.
  11. In our Council, Training Awards are retro to 5 years only. You have to take the current BASIC training (Essentials, Leader-Specific, and YPT). Don't forget about Roundtables (or Pow-Wows). They have to be completed during the same time-frame as your tenure. I would think it would be a package deal; do ALL the requirements within a single time-frame. Just my 2-cents worth!
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    skeptic Years ago (pre 1988) it was like that. Cubmaster's earned their version of the Scouter's Key (Cubmaster's Key) and Den Mothers once earned the Scouter's Training Award. However, since 1988, things have changed. National came out with a series of new awards geared specifically for Cub Leaders (the ones we have today). The awards were neck medals, but now the award is just the certificate. The square knots still represent the award (in this case, the certificates). The device pins were introduced to show which program a Scouter earned the Award --- for example: I earned
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    Certainly the best recogognition there is to helping others is the satisfaction we find in our own hearts. And a mature person has the ability to reward themselves without wanting reward form others. I wholeheartedly agree with above statement. To me, the BEST Leader Recognition is the reward, not the award. So what if the piece of cloth means nothing to you, or you lack to the courtesy to be appreciative that others find you noteworty, that does not mean that the recognition should not be offered or should not exist. Don't get me wrong, the square knots means a lot to me.
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    We have been talking about recognition and square knots and the meaning behind them. There are many forms of Leader Recognition, some you wear on the uniform and some you don't. To me, the best form of Leader Recognition is when a Scout looks at a Scouter and you can see the look in the Scout's eyes and the broad smile on his face --- that says a lot right there! knowing that I helped (in some small way) Scouting's goal of "delivering the promise" to the Scout and making a difference in that Scout's life is what keeps me going after 40+ years of Scouting! Embroidered pieces
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    PACK15NISSAN I tell you why the PTC Master's knot is new --- no one thought about it before. The Pack Trainer knot is new --- you can't retro it. Although, come to think about it, the Pack Trainer replaced the Den Leader Coach (which also had a square knot). You have to start somewhere with recognition. There was a time in Scouting when you could get Eagle BEFORE Star or Life Scout Rank. It's not always about money, but ways to improve PROGRAMMING. The requirement that a Scouter come back and TEACH is the key to the PTC Master's award, not the money. The James West knot was
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