> updated 5/12/13
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.
"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 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
There were special "Cornerstone" version emblems made for:
- Pack Committee Chair, Pack Committee Member, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leader Coach, Den Mother, Assistant Den Mother, Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, WEBELOS Den Leader, Assistant WEBELOS Den Leader
- Troop Committee Chair, Troop Committee Member, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster
- Unit Commissioner, District Executive
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 (left) and Assistant Scoutmaster (right) emblems.
I would personally not recommend the wearing of the 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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