Left Side/Knot Insignia
Scouters' Key Award
Training Award Knot Emblems
Scouters' Key Award
Skippers' Key Award (1943-1955)
Description: Uniform emblem is composed of a green and white rope on a khaki-tan background, with green rope toward the wearer's right as shown. Earlier versions of this knot emblem had white
or dark blue backgrounds for wear with Sea Scouting/Scouting whites or the blue Sea Scouting/Scouting dress uniform; and with kelly green background and border for Exploring uniforms. The white and green knot on the khaki-tan background and border is default for all members; all of the other knot emblems shown are older versions of the award. Only the khaki-tan version is available through the BSA's Supply Group. White and green knot comes from the green, white and green striped ribbon color of medal (shown below).
Worn by: Male and Female Scouters
Earned or Received: Earned
Application for Scoutmaster's Key Award
Application for Coach's Key Award
Application for Advisor's Award
Application for Skipper's Key Award
Application for Commissioner's Key Award
Application for Committee's Key Award
|Current Scouters' Key Award medal ||Old Skippers' Key Award medal (Scan from Sam Fairchild)|
Background: The Scouters' Key Award can be presently earned by the
following groups of Scouters:
Cub Scouters: Cubmaster
Boy Scouters: Scoutmaster
Varsity Scouters: Coach
Venturing Leaders: Advisor
Sea Scouting Leaders: Skipper
District/Council Scouters: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout
Venturing Roundtable/Huddle Commissioners,, Unit, Assistant District and District Commissioners, and District Committeemembers
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
The old Cubmaster (Training) Award is NOT the same as the Scouters' Key Award for Cubmasters; the requirements and tenure is different. Those who earned the old Cubmaster (Training) Award may continue to wear the Award (and it's associated square knot insignia piece) but cannot "convert it" to the Key since the two awards do have not equal requirements.
At one time, there existed a separate Skippers' Key with a square knot in
deep blue and white, as shown above. Skippers earning the earlier
Skippers' Key may wear the older medal and knot emblem or the current
Scouters' Key Award medal and knot emblem. The medal is once again being made
available through special request from the BSA's Program Group through local Councils.
Rarity of Award: Common. Skippers' Key Award rare.
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