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Training Awards


  Cubmaster Award

Description: Knot is composed of a light blue knot on a yellow background.

Worn by: Cubmasters, Male and Female Scouters

The Cubmaster Award is earned by Cubmasters, and may be worked on by their Assistants, after completing two years of service, one of which can be as an Assistant Cubmaster, completing the Cub Scout Basic training course, attending a Pow-Wow. The Pack also has to earn the Quality Unit Award twice during a three year period, and earning once the National Summertime Pack Award.

The Cubmaster Key may still be worn by those Cubmasters earning this award prior to the start of the present Cubmaster Award (1987) although Cubmasters may NOT earn the Key anymore.

  Cub Scouter Award

Description: Knot is composed of a gold (yellow) and light blue rope on a blue background, with the light blue rope worn to the wearer's right. Note that this knot was used for a different Scouting Award, and there are still holders of that award wearing this same square knot on their uniform.

Worn by: Male and Female Cub Scouters

The Cub Scouter Award can be earned by any other registered Cub Scouting leader at the Pack, District or Council level after completing two years of service, completing the Cub Scout Basic training course, attending a Pow-Wow, and completing five of eleven performance projects.

  Den Leader Coach Training Award

Description: Old Knot is composed of a gold (yellow) and light blue rope on a blue background, with the light blue rope worn to the wearer's right. The present knot is composed of a light blue knot on a blue background. Note that old knot is now used for a different Scouting Award, and there are still holders of the old version of the award wearing the older square knot on the uniform.

Worn by: Male and Female Cub Scouters

The Den Leader Coach Award is earned by Den Leader Coaches after completing two years of service, completing the Cub Scout Basic training course including the Den Leader Coach session, attending a Pow-Wow, and completing three of four performance projects.

  Den Leader Training Award

Description: Knot is composed of a gold (yellow) knot on a blue background.

Worn by: Male and Female Cub Scouters

The Den Leader Award is earned byDen Leaders and may be worked on by Assistant Den Leaders after completing two years of service, one year may be as an Assistant Den Leader, completing the Cub Scout Basic training course, attending a Pow-Wow, and completing five of eight performance projects.

  Professional Training Award

Description: Knot is composed of a black knot on a fully embrodered white background with a black border. The symbolism comes from the administrative, executive secretarial, nature of the professional executive.

Worn by: Male and Female Professional Scouters

The Professional Training Award is earned by Associate District Executives, District Executives, District Executive multiple-persons, Senior District Executives, Exploring Executives, Senior Exploring Executives, District Directors, and Field Directors with supervisory responsibities for District or Exploring Executives. To earn the award, Scouters must have successfully attended all three sessions of the Professional Executive Institute (PEI), have completed or participated in five of eight training or coaching programs (including Wood Badge, Exploring Advanced Seminar, and National Camping School), and have met all critical achievements in his or her District/Division/Council for two of the three years. The Professional Circle Award (the adding of the small Universal/Troop device to the center of the knot) is earned by completing all eight coaching or training programs, meeting of all critical achievements within all three years, and the completion of a research paper to be forwared to the National Executive Training Center for approval.

  Scouters' Key Award

Description: Knot is composed of green and white ropes on a tan background. Knot is worn with green rope toward the wearer's right.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

The Scouters' Key Award can be presently earned by the following groups of Scouters:

There are different requirements covering basic training, performance, tenure, and certification for the award. Scouters earning the Training Key in one program area MUST complete ALL requirements (including tenure) for subsequent training Keys in other program areas. Additionally, Scouters earning a Training Key cannot use the tenure for the training key toward earning a training award in any program area.

  Scouters' Training Award

Description: Knot is composed of a green knot on a tan background.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

The Scouters' Training Award can be presently earned by the following groups of Scouters:

There are different requirements covering basic training, performance, tenure, and certification for each award. Scouters earning the Training Award in one program area MUST complete ALL requirements (including tenure) for subsequent training awards in other program areas. Additionally, Scouters earning a Training Award cannot use the tenure for the training award toward earning the Scouters' Key Award in that program area.

  Scoutmaster Award of Merit

Description: Knot is composed of a white knot on a tan background.

Worn by: Scoutmasters, Male and Female Scouters

The Scoutmaster Award of Merit is earned by a registered Scoutmaster after serving as Scoutmaster for at least 18 months, have attended Scoutmaster Fundamentals (basic training), earned for his Troop the Quality Unit Award at least once, and have successfully trained his or her youth Troop leaders. The Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Committee Chair recommends the Scoutmaster for the award, based on the unit's performance over the past 18 months.

  Sea Badge

Description: Taken from an earlier unofficial knot emblem, the emblem in the center is a blue trident on a grey (silver) background with a blue border.

Worn by: Male and Female Sea Exploring Leaders, Male and Female Scouters

The Sea Badge Course is the advanced training course for Sea Exploring leaders at the Ship, District, Council or Regional level. The course consists of a four or five day resident course and up to two years to apply the principles taught in the course to develop and extend the Sea Exploring program of Exploring in the local Council or within a Ship. Attendance at the Sea Badge course is nominative.

  Tiger Cub Training Award

Description: Knot is composed of orange and black ropes on a yellow background with a red border, with the orange rope worn toward the wearer's right. BSA redesigned this square knot to match the other knots. The earlier version was narrower and the design of the knot did not correspond to any of the other established square knot designs.

Worn by: Tiger Cub Leaders, Male and Female Scouters

The Tiger Cub Leader Award is earned by Tiger Cub Leaders after completing two years of service, completing the Cub Scout Basic training course including the session for Tiger Cub Leaders and attendance at a Pow-Wow, and the completion of five of eight performance projects.

  WEBELOS Leader Training Award

Description: Knot is composed of a gold (yellow) knot on a yellow background

Worn by: Male and Female Cub Scouters

The WEBELOS Den Leader Award is earned by WEBELOS Den Leaders, and may be worked on by their Assistants, after completing two years of service, one of which can be as an Assistant WEBELOS Den Leader, and also by completing the Cub Scout Basic training course including the WEBELOS Leader Outdoor session, attending a Pow-Wow, and completing five of ten performance projects.



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