I will do so, Martin.
A friend of mine asked me about the status of the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor emblems circulating around…here’s what I know from the BSA’s Lone Scouting Task Force:
- there is ONE official Lone Scout Friend and Counselor emblem. This was introduced in 2014 as a field test and after four months and 18 local Councils approving it for wear by their Lone Scout Friend and Counselors, it was approved by the BSA’s Program Group with some recommendations for a permanent patch.
This patch – depicting a Lone Scout with the wording “Lone Scout Friend and Counselor” (the official registration title of the position) – will be modified to comform to existing BSA adult position patches. This means that we will lose the Lone Scout and the emblem will have the tan and green colors of other position roles, along with the BSA’s universal emblem in the center (the “Tenderfoot rank emblem”). The lettering and border will remain.
- These emblems will NOT be available for retail sale but will follow the same format that the “field test” was – you send a request to the Lone Scout program task force along with your BSA ID number and TWO emblems will be sent to you for free. A gift to the BSA from the U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. paid for two Lone Scout Friend and Counselor emblems per registered Scouter in that role up to a total of 1200 patches (600 LS Friend and Counselors world-wide).
There will be a link on the Lone Scouting USA website to request the new emblems after they are approved by the BSA during the National Annual Meeting in May 2019 (next week).
The bottom line is for Lone Scout Friend and Counselors, there is no need to purchase an unofficial emblem when the BSA will provide you two emblems for FREE as part of your commitment toward your son or daughter serving as a Lone Scout.
Those wearing the current “field test version” may continue to do so.
I am happy to be a part of the team first, in lobbying the BSA for an official emblem to recognize those volunteers serving as Lone Scout Friend and Counselors; and later in assisting the BSA in bringing entire families to Lone Scouting. (If you recall from last year’s National Meeting, I was the guy who stood in the National forum session and requested that the BSA commit to allowing young women to serve as Lone Cub Scouts and Lone Scouts, which the Chief Scout Executive commented “absolutely, Mike!” )
Thanks again for the assist, Martin!! Dover AFB is a nice place, but man o man…you better make sure that you have plans for leaving there once you’ve landed…or have a great personal friend living nearby who will drive you to the commerical airport to fly out!! smiling