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Adult Uniform Left Side/Knot Insignia Scouters' Key Award

Training Award Knot Emblems

Scouters' Key Award Square KnotScouters' Key Award knot emblem on green
Skippers' Key Award Square KnotSkippers' Key Award Square Knot
Scouters' Key Award

Old Skippers' Key Award knot emblem (1947-1955)
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

Scouters' Key Award Skippers' Key Award
Current Scouters' Key Award medal Old Skippers' Key Award medal (Scan from Sam Fairchild)

Volunteer Training Award Certificate

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 program areas.

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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