Revised Requirements for the Scouter’s Key Award

After picking apart the revised requirements for the Scouter’s Training Award, I started looking at what changed with the Scouter’s Key Award as well.  I’ve been working on Adult Square Knots since becoming a Scoutmaster in 2010 and will have completed all the requirements for this Scouter’s Key at my 3-year mark in February of 2013.  If I’m going to start the process all over again, I thought it’d be good to understand how these changes will affect me after Feb.

As I looked at the new requirements for the Scouter’s Key, I saw too many that looked familiar!  So instead of comparing old Scouter’s Key requirements with the new ones, I decided to compare new Scouter’s Training Award requirements with new Scouter’s Key requirements.  Tell me what you think about the similarities:

*** TENURE ***
Scouter’s Training Award Scouter’s Key Award
2 years 3 years as a registered SM within a 5-year period.
*** TRAINING ***
Scouter’s Training Award Scouter’s Key Award
1. Complete basic training for any Boy Scout leader position 1. Complete basic training for Scoutmasters
2. Complete This Is Scouting training 2. Complete This Is Scouting training
3. Attend a university of Scouting (or equivalent), or attend at least four roundatables (or equivalent) during each year of the tenure for this award. 3. Attend a university of Scouting (or equivalent), or attend at least four roundatables (or equivalent) during each year of the tenure for this award.
*** PERFORMANCE ***
Scouter’s Training Award Scouter’s Key Award
1. Serve as an adult leader in a Troop that achieves at least the Bronze level of JTE in each year. 1. Achieve at least the Silver level of JTE for at least two years.
2. Participate in an annual troop planning meeting in each year. 2. Conduct an annual troop planning session and have a published troop meeting/activity schedule for the troop’s parents each year.
3. Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region or national level during the two years. 3. Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region or national level.
4. Give primary leadership in meeting at least one troop JTE objective in each year.
4. Earn the National Outdoor Challenge Award at least once.

So…… why are the requirements between these two nearly the same?

Granted, there is a bit of difference between earning the Silver level JTE and Bronze…and the National Outdoor Challenge most definitely cranks it up a few notches in the physical out-of-doors category…but nothing that sets these awards apart in terms of a leader’s commitment to training?  Are these awards no longer designed to build upon the next??  Is earning the Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award no longer a requirement for this new Scouter’s Key Award??

What about giving back through serving on staff at a council or district training event (HINT: Wood Badge!)?  …or teaching a class at a University of Scouting event?  I suppose “participate in” could mean either on staff or as a participant.  I am just looking for a little more meat to qualify for the Scouter’s Key in the training category, no??

 See also: Revised requirements for the Scouter’s Training Award

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