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Official version of Crest of Leadership

The Crest of Leadership (shown above) was designed by "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt as a replacement for the various local Council youth leadership training courses. The Crest was used by the BSA (and is STILL used by some 30 or so local Councils) to award to youth leaders for completing a set of individual training application requirements (similar to a "ticket" which Wood Badge participants must complete) in order to receive and wear the emblem. The emblem was originally designated as a "permanent" emblem but that designation was removed by the BSA in 1980 with the end of the "ALL OUT FOR SCOUTING!" leadership training emphasis.

There are several versions of the Crest out there. In 1981, the leadership of the Blue Grass Scouting Alliance Club at Eastern Kentucky University asked and received permission to alter the Crest and to use it as its official organizational crest. More information on the Crest of Leadership and the BGSA can be found on a separate page.


Boy/Varsity Scout Uniform Left Shoulder Cornerstone

"Cornerstone" Trained Emblems

In the fall of 1971, the Boy Scouts of America implemented changes to their basic volunteer training program for Cub and Boy Scouting. As part of these changes, the BSA created with assistance from an educational firm a set of step-ladder training packages. At the conclusion of all three segments of the training sequence, Scouters got the opportunity to purchase special unique badges of office. These badges of office were fully embrordered with Mylar (shiny metalic plastic) threads in silver, gold or bronze which match the level of leadership (primary, secondary, supporting) as well as reflecting the specialness of the emblems.

In order to purchase the emblem, one must present a signed "Adult Leadership Training" card similar to this one (this is mine; I still carry it in my wallet).

Cornerstone Training card
Cornerstone Training card

There were special "Cornerstone" version emblems made for (Click on title to see image):

By the time 1974 rolled around, the BSA abandoned the training portion of the program in favor of ALL OUT FOR SCOUTING, their "Back to Scouting" program geared primarily to Boy Scouting leaders. It was a lost cause; many people purchased and collected all of the emblems (the Unit Commissioner and District Executive emblems were produced in limited runs; the most plentiful of the emblems were the Cub Scout and Boy Scout leadership emblems) and so the BSA discontinued the "Cornerstone" training program. However, Scouters who earned the distinctive emblems can continue to wear them with the current field uniform at their option.

Cornerstone Scoutmaster PatchCornerstone Assistant Scoutmaster Patch
"Cornerstone" Scoutmaster (left) and Assistant Scoutmaster (right) emblems.

In 1982, the BSA developed what they called an "alternative Commissioner Support structure" and offered it to local Councils which wanted to expand the number of key volunteers serving as Commissioners as well as to expand the service reach of Commissioners in a district or group of Districts. Part of this plan called for the appointment of specific Pack and Troop Commissioners who would work with ONE unit as opposed to the traditional plan allowing Unit Commissioners who would serve three or four units. These individual Commissioners would be managed by Assistant District Cub Scout or Assistant District Scout Commissioner as appropriate. Districts under this "stovepipe method" would have a District Cub Scout Commissioner and a District Scout Commissioner. Those two volunteers support and report to the District Commissioner.
The BSA abandoned this "alternative plan" in 2000 and Commissioners are arranged as they are traditionally done.

I would personally not recommend the wearing of the "Cornerstoned" emblems by today's Scouters, unless they earned the emblem back in the 70s -- and because it represents something they can not earn. Today, basic training completion is denoted by the wearing of the "Trained" strip.


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Credits: Scans courtesy of Mike Walton except for the Pack Committee badge of office, which was provided by Scouter Daniel Marazita.

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