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Just coming off our Council annual meeting and awards dinner, I am renewed in my only uniform pet peeve in Scouting. Too many adult medals around the neck. 

Certainly, most of us don't wear most of them most of the time anyway, and that is the nice thing about the square knots (when there is one), and even in formal settings choosing just one makes sense. 

But we have three minimedals that stand out as unusual (and, i think, exemplary) in this regard - the Scouter's Key, Scouter Training Award, and Den Leader Training Award. It always struck me as strange that there were only these three, and nearly everything else is a neck medal (or a plaque/certificate). Silver Critters, Venturing/Sea Scouting Leadership, Adult religious awards, NESA/Alumni awards, etc. Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't it be nice of all adult awards were just minimedals, so could be worn in combination? The miniature size keeps the emphasis on youth only having full size medals, and also helps diminish clutter around the neck? 

These days, it's at the bottom of the list of things to concern about, and probably just me anyway, but had to have my mini-venting session. Thanks! 

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I like the digital idea.  Design the shirt to have an electronic sreen of some type on the needed place and they could be uploaded to scroll or something.  Might even do that for youth ranks; push a button after approval and the rank displays on the pocket.  Similarly, optional patches on the other side could be loaded and chosen to show in a rotation or somethng.  How exciting would that be?

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1 hour ago, skeptic said:

I like the digital idea.  Design the shirt to have an electronic sreen of some type on the needed place and they could be uploaded to scroll or something.  Might even do that for youth ranks; push a button after approval and the rank displays on the pocket.  Similarly, optional patches on the other side could be loaded and chosen to show in a rotation or somethng.  How exciting would that be?

Makes me wonder what rank Elroy Jetson achieved! 😄

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