This is my obligatory (o-blog-atory?) first blog post. Rather than write something mundane and predictable, I decided to do something that I’ve wanted to do for some time — yet had no real mechanism to accomplish. I explain:
In 2009, I was fortunate enough to participate in BSA Wood Badge as part of SR-967 in the Last Frontier Council. One of my tickets was to write, publish and disseminate a guide to many of the Special Awards available to Boy Scouts and adult Scouters as a part of participation in the program. I did this because I could find no guide available for purchase from the BSA that provided this information — only snippets here and there in some of the field manuals and publications.
To complicate things, the BSA web site (at that time… again this was 2009) was little help. Since then, the site has improved a bit as evidenced by the links here, here and here. Also, they have added a sizable section on Training Awards to the official BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia, Item number 614937. Remember — this was not available back in 2009.
At any rate, I’ve recently updated the content in the original version of the Guide to Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Special Awards I compiled, and it remains a reasonably good all-in-one reference that pulls information from a variety of sources into a single document.
Get the guide here.