You spent the
weekend celebrating the nation’s founders. Now, we at Cracker Barrel pay our respects
to founders of a different kind.
about volunteers who organize Scouting units. And instead of a fireworks-filled
holiday, the BSA uses the William D.
Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award to honor these Scouting pioneers.
The square knot
is presented to Scouters who organize one or more traditional Cub Scouting, Boy
Scouting, or Venturing units. Each color on the knot represents these three
programs. The award debuted in 2005, meaning only volunteers who organized
units after March 1, 2005, are eligible.
requirements state that only one volunteer can be recognized as the organizer
of a unit, even though some packs, troops, and crews are a result of a
Ready to begin?
Download this helpful PDF file that gives you step-by-step instructions
on starting a Scouting unit. You’ll also learn to:
a chartered organization
Scouting’s values to youth and adults
resources available to help Scout leaders
objections from parents (such as “We already tried Scouting, and it didn’t
work” or “We can’t afford Scouting”)
Sure, the square
knot will look great on your uniform. But the real reward comes from the
knowledge that you’ve created a Scouting foundation that can last for generations.
Chime In: If you’ve organized a unit recently,
what tips can you give to other Scouters? If your unit has been around for
decades, have you ever met your unit’s organizer?