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BSA Training Awards

Or, What are all these knots for?

 

Den Leader (Training)
 Award
Den Leader (Training) Award

Old Den Leader Training Award
Old Den Leader Training Award
Present Den Leader Award
Den Leader Award

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

Worn by: Male and Female Cub Scouters, Male and Female Scouters

The Den Leader Award is earned by Den Leaders and may be worked on by Assistant Den Leaders after completing one year of service (the year may be as an Assistant Den Leader), completing the Cub Scout Basic training course and attendance at a Pow-Wow, and the completion of five from eight performance projects.

old Den Leader Coach
(Training) Award Square Knot
old Den Leader Coach Training Award
Den Leader Coach (Training) Award Square Knot
Den Leader Coach (Training) Award


Old Den Leader Coach Training Award
(not shown)
Den Leader Coach Award
Den Leader Coach 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, Male and Female 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 and attendance at a Pow-Wow, and the completion of three from four performance projects.

old Den Leader Coach (Training) Award Square Knot
Cub Scouters' (Training) Award

Cub Scouter Award
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, Male and Female 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 and attendance at a Pow-Wow, and the completion of five from eleven performance projects.

WEBELOS Den Leader (Training) Award Square Knot
WEBELOS Den Leader (Training) Award

WEBELOS Den Leader Award
WEBELOS Den Leader Award

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

Worn by: Male and Female Cub Scouters, Male and Female Scouters

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

Cubmaster (Training) Award Square Knot
Cubmaster (Training) Award

Cubmaster Award
Cubmaster Award

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

Worn by: Cubmasters, Male and Female Scouters, 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 and attendance at a Pow-Wow, and the Pack's earning the Quality Unit Award twice during the three year period and earning once the National Summertime Pack Award.

Tiger Cub Organizer/Coach (Training) Award Square Knot
Tiger Cub Organizer/Coach (Training) Award

Tiger Cub Leader Award
Tiger Cub Organizer/Coach 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.  (personal comment here: the BSA redesigned this square knot to match others; 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, 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.

 

Arrow of Light Square Knot
Arrow of Light Award
Arrow of Light Square Knot (error)
Arrow of Light Award (error)

Arrow of Light Award (Cub Scouting)
Arrow of Light Award

Description: Square knot made up of the WEBELOS badge colors: a gold border, with kelly green and scouting red rope strands, worn with green rope to wearer's right; there is also a square knot, which is shown here, with the colors reversed.  Either one may be worn, although the top one shown is the one which was originally designed for wear in 1973.

Worn by: Male Scouters

The Arrow of Light is the highest youth award earned by Cub Scouts. In order to earn the Arrow of Light, a WEBELOS Cub Scout must complete the seven requirements outlined in the WEBELOS Cub Scout Handbook,including learning joining skills and participating in a Boy Scout Troop visit, in addition to earning several WEBELOS activity pins. Youth members DO NOT wear the knot. They wear the Arrow of Light patch (shown left) on their uniform in the places prescribed for the wearing of the Award.  In 1990, two emblem manufacturers made an error when reordering this knot emblem to be worn upon the present tan shirts, and it was too late before the BSA's Supply Division caught the error.  As you can see from the two knots above, in getting the new tan backgrounded knots to the field, the two companies reversed the colors of the strands.  The BSA's Supply Division says that more than 40,000 of the "reversed" Arrow of Light knots exist out there.  The BSA's Insignia and Uniform staff knows about the error, and has informed local Councils and Scouters that EITHER knot is acceptable for wear but NOT both.  Future orders returned the color combinations back to the original combination shown in the top knot shown in the far left.  

Eagle Scout Square Knot
Eagle Scout Award

Eagle Scout Cloth Badge
Eagle Scout Award

Description: Square knot made up of the ribbon colors: red, white and blue, intertwined as one rope. Ends showing blue tips are worn to wearer's right.

Worn by: Male Scouters

The Eagle Scout Badge is the highest youth rank in the Boy Scouting program. It is earned by Boy or Varsity Scouts or by Venturers or Sea Scouts whom complete a number of merit badges, including several which are from a required list of badges for the rank, a series of successful leadership positions in a unit, a series of service projects including a cumulating project in which he must plan, prepare, execute and evaluate, and personal appearance before a review board at the local Council level. Youth members DO NOT wear the knot. They wear the Eagle Scout rank patch (shown left) on their uniform in the places prescribed for the wearing of the Award. Eagle Scouts may earn and wear Bronze, Gold and /or Silver Palms on the Knot or on the ribbon of the medal for the completion of additional merit badges, leadership experiences and tenure since Eagle. These palms are worn in the highest combination which illustrate the number of merit badges over Eagle in multiples of five. Unofficially, Eagle Scouts may wear the Palms on the center portion of the Eagle Scout cloth badge; this was a National policy several years ago, but officially has been abandoned.

 

old Youth Religious Square

Knot
old Youth present Youth Religious

Square Knot
present Youth Religious Emblem Award

There are several youth religious emblems offered through religious organizations and church bodies to youth, including Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. For this reason, and because those awards are NOT awarded by the BSA, religious award medals and emblems are not displayed here; a future page will illustrate those awards. Information on earning or receiving these awards may be obtained from the US Scouting Service Project's website

Description: Old square knot consists of mylar silver knot on a purple background with purple border. Present square knot is made identical except that purple background is fully embrodered .

Worn by: Cub Scouts, Boy/Varsity Scouts, Male and Female Venturers, Male and Female Scouters

This square knot is worn by those whom have earned a religious emblem or award as a youth member of the BSA or some other organization (Girl Scouting, YMCA, Salvation Army, etc.). The awards are NOT BSA awards; they are awards presented by a church body for education, service and devotion to faith. Only ONE youth award square knot is worn, no matter how many times the holder earns a second or subsequent religious award as a youth member. Since many faiths offer several times within a youth's tenure opportunities to earn an award or emblem, the program(s) in which the award(s) is earned is denoted by small program devices which are placed on the square knot. Devices are availabe for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Exploring and Venturing.

 

Adult Religious Service Square Knot
Adult Religious Service Award

There are several adult religious service emblems/awards offered through religious organizations and church bodies to adult volunteers of youth programs, including Cub Scouters, Boy/Varsity Scouters, and Venturing leaders. For this reason, and because those awards are NOT awarded by the BSA, religious service awards medals and emblems are not displayed here; a future page will illustrate those awards.

Description: Deep purple square knot on grey (silver) background with silver Mylar border.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

This square knot is worn by those whom have received a religious emblem or award as an adult member of the BSA or some other organization (Girl Scouting, YMCA, Salvation Army, etc.). The awards are NOT BSA awards; they are awards presented by a church body for education, service and devotion to faith. Only ONE adult award square knot is worn, no matter how many times the holder earns a second or subsequent religious award as an adult member. Since many faiths offer several awards for various levels of service, it is recommended that those whom choose to show multiple faiths or awards place the small tie-tac or other small emblem of the award to the knot. .

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Scan provided by Terry Grove

Description: Square knot is red, white and blue intertwined rope, with blue tips worn toward wearer's right and with the addition of the gold Eagle Scout device in the center of the knot emblem.

Worn by: Male Scouters

Nominative

This square knot/device combination is worn by those Eagle Scouts honored by the BSA with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, a special gold Eagle suspended from a red, white and blue neck ribbon. First awarded in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award recognizes Eagle Scouts whom have attained a high level of recognition or personal achievement in their chosen career field or employment over a 25-year or longer period of time. The Award SHOULD NOT be presented during a BSA event (unless the person being honored is a BSA professional or employee) but rather during a event of the employer or national organization of the Eagle Scouts's career or work field (for instance, during the Association of the United States Army's annual conference in the case of Army military personnel being honored with the Award.)

 

District Award of Merit

Square knot
District/Division Award of Merit

District Award of Merit plaque
District Award of Merit plaque

Description: Knot is composed of a silver Mylar overhand knot on a deep blue background with a silver Mylar border.

Worn by: Male and Female Scouters

Nominative

The District/Division Award of Merit is awarded by a District or Venturing Division to registered Scouters for service to youth in the District or Division. Normally, the award is presented for service to youth in excess of five years.  A person may receive more than one District/Division Award of Merit, although there are no provisions for the wearing of a device or emblem officially to denote the second or subsequent awards.  Unofficially, those Award holders that have received more than one may wear a small Universal device centered on the knot.  The BSA has no official records of any volunteer or professional receiving the Award of Merit in more than two separate Districts or Divisions.   Career (professional and professional-technical) members of the Boy Scouts of America may receive the District/Division Award of Merit upon concurrance of the Council Scout Executive and the Deputy Chief Scout Executive, BSA, for their roles as volunteer Scouters only. They may not be recommended for this award based upon any aspect of their professional service to youth or the District or Division.