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Description: A golden Imperial Tudor crown.

Country: Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Empire

Introduced: 1909 by King Edward VII, "Edward the Peacemaker"

Replaced by: Queen's Scout Award

Awarded by: the Governor-General of Canada, as the monarch's representative in Canada

Awarded for: The significance of the rank of King's Scout is sometimes forgotten. It is the top grade and honour in Scout training, for it literally means what the name implies - a Scout who has passed certain tests of proficiency qualifying him for "the King's service", in times of national emergency, and who has assumed the obligation to Be Prepared for such service.

Background: Appropriately the idea of King's Scouts originated with King Edward VII, "Edward the Peacemaker". In October 1909 on the doubly notable occasion when Lt. Gen. Baden-Powell resigned from the British Army to give all his time to the new, rapidly spreading Boy Scout Movement, and on which he was knighted as Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. His Majesty dined with Baden-Powell all the while discussing the aims and methods of BP's "Boy Scouts" (the movement being less than 2 years old) and expressed his belief that Scouts were just what the country needed. At the end of the discussion, the suggestion was made and agreed to that "Scouts who passed special tests of efficiency should be named 'King's Scouts'."

In the next issue of Headquarters Gazette, November 1909, B-P wrote: "A new badge with the rank of King’s Scout has been approved for those Scouts who prove themselves able and willing to serve the King, should their service at any time be required by him.” Unfortunately, His Majesty, King Edward died before having the chance to personally present the first round of King's Scout Awards.

The Award consisted of a cloth emblem (shown above) worn on the left arm above the First Class Badge - surrounded by the qualifying badges - and a certificate signed by the Governor-General.

In Canada the King's Scout Award was conferred by the monarch via Royal Warrant; you were not awarded the King's Scout Award, rather you become one.

Contents

Requirements

1919, Policy and Rules for the Boy Scouts of Canada[1].

  1. Be a First Class Scout
  2. AND duly qualified to wear FOUR of the following proficiency badges (of which Pathfinder is compulsory):
    1. Pathfinder
    2. Ambulance
    3. Cyclist
    4. Marksman
    5. Signaller
    6. Fireman
    7. Rescuer

Should he fail to re-pass the annual test for any of the qualifying badges he must cease to wear the King's Scout Badge.

1945, Tenderfoot to King's Scout, Policy and Rules for the Boy Scouts of Canada

  1. Be a First Class Scout
  2. AND duly qualified to wear FOUR of the following proficiency badges of which Ambulance Man and either Pathfinder or Coast Watchman are obligatory:
    1. Ambulance Man
    2. Coast Watchman
    3. Cyclist
    4. Fireman
    5. Horseman
    6. Interpreter
    7. Pathfinder
    8. Pilot
    9. Public Health Man
    10. Rescuer
    11. Signaller

Should he fail to re-pass the annual test for any of the qualifying badges he must cease to wear the King's Scout Badge.

Adult Recognition Award

Leaders that have earned this award as a youth are entitled to wear the Adult Recognition Award on their uniform.

Notable Recipients

None yet listed.

References

  1. http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/POR1919.pdf