An explanation of the New Square Knots

Posted on 06 October 2008 by Dan


The National Council has approved a few new uniform square knots over the past year. It appears not too many folks have seen or heard about them, so here is a run down:

The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Square Knot
The Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot is available to any currently active commissioner at any position by completing the attached requirements. Approval is administered by the local council through the council commissioner and the professional advisor to commissioner service. The knot once earned can be purchased through the Supply Group at your local Scout Shop or Council Distributor.

Philmont Training Center Masters Square Knot
This is a three track program. First Track attend Philmont Training Center (PTC) as a participant.

Second track: Take an additional Course at PTC. (and) Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course. (and) Teach a BSA course in your district, council, area or region. Course and participation in the course must be approved by the council or area chair prior to the course.

Third Track: Serve as a faculty member at PTC or attend a third time as a participant. (and) Recruit 3 people to attend a PTC course. (and) Do one of the following: Coordinate a council, area or regional cluster approved training event and coordinate and staff a promotional booth for the PTC at a council event. (or) Conduct a council “Philmont Family Meeting” to share PTC information and encourage family participation. (or) Teach a training course in a foreign county- Coordinated and approved by the BSA international division.

Completing the the first and second track, you would earn the square knot. By completing thing third track you would earn a PTC square knot device.

NESA Life Membership Square Knot
This new know is for National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) life members. It may be purchased from your local Scout Shop, by showing your NESA Life Member card. If they don’t have them in stock, they can order one for you. The item number is 18092. Only one Eagle Scout Award square knot maybe worn at a time, so this one should replace the Eagle Scout square knot on your uniform if you are a NESA Life Member.

BSA Speaker Bank Square Knot
In order to spread the message of Scouting, the BSA is maintaining a list of speakers to get the word out about Scouting. After a registered speaker conducts a minimum of 20 speeches and provides feedback, the speaker will receive a knot. Knot recipients will receive recognition at the National Annual Meeting. More information can be found at: BSA Speakers Bank

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Bob Says:

    The BSA Speaker Bank Square Knot is a great way to recognized rich old white men.

  2. Dan Says:

    I’d disagree… The BSA Speaker Bank is actually a great marketing idea if employed right. There are a lot of passionate people out there that can deliver the BSA’s message better than a professional who is just worried about the bottom line. If Councils find those passionate people and allow them to spread the message to outside organizations it will make a difference. Rewarding them with a knot, if that is what does it, so be it.

  3. BSAChaplain Says:

    I think the speaker’s bank and knot is a great way to promote publicizing Scouting in all of its forms in the community.

    This will likely lead to increased FOS community campaigns, planned giving, new units etc. The speakers are going to be passionate volunteers who will typically be more persuasive than most of the professionals. This allows the council to utilize and promote the best speakers in their area and recognize them for it.

    I am pushing for our new implementation of the program.

  4. R Sytone Says:

    Nice & honorable subject, now you should discontnue 6 knots, with double meaning. You have heard my voice before. Terminally ill and it wont be long
    Cub knots have always been our of line, I was there and attence as subject matter meeting in 1986 in Lville. Ben Love thought I was a biggie because I could quailify for speakers, received rave reviews, to no avail. I was a Police Capt on secutity detail and a 45 yr Scouter at the time. 22 is as many as I have seen and an attitude to fo with it. It cheapens the rest of us. Set a limit in 1953 5 and 5 medals and knots were max.Thank you for the great job you are doing, we as still a FREE society. No answer needed.

    Great SW Bless you all.

    Rev Dr R Stone (Ret) Obe SW

  5. Peter Says:

    I only JUST learned about the award in the latest edition of Scouting magazine (Jan-Feb 09 issue). That led me to the Speaker Bank website, which led me to the BSA presentation material & templates available. I had no idea that stuff even existed. And I can say I am MUCH MUCH more likely to take on some speaking commitments as the district/council need, knowing the “heavy lifting” of content development is done. And I’m good at this kind of work – having won speaking awards in college, completed the Toastmasters program, and I regularly deliver a LOT of presentations & training for my work (high-tech marketing).

    I’m also an Eagle Scout, new Scouting volunteer, and a good ‘ole Owl too. If I can merge my speaking skills with my passion for Scouting… it feels like it’s a “Perfect Storm” scenario. And it never would’ve happened except for news of this award. I think it’s a good thing, and respectfully disagree with the assumption I’m a “rich old white man” (a medical and/or financial assessment would quickly concur) :)

    And Rev. Dr. Stone, if you’re still among us to read this, I wish you the best and sincerely thank you for your lifetime of service (in MANY capacities).

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