Pipestone

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The Pipestone Camp Honor Program

The Buckeye Council’s Pipestone Award is unique in Scouting. For eight decades, Scouts of our council camps have earned the right to wear this venerable token. To this very day, the Pipestone comes to us from a spot in Minnesota where descendants of the Native American still work to retrieve this stone from the Earth. Nowhere else can this award be earned other than at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation. The Scouts who wear the Pipestone prize it highly. Its spirit is pervasive in our camp.

ALL PIPESTONE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 12:00 NOON ON FRIDAY!

Requirements

1st Year2nd Year3rd Year4th Year5th YearAdults

First Year:

Rank: Scout (Pipestone wood required)

Scouting Skills: 10 parts of any rank** or one merit badge.

Ecology: Identify in the field: any combination of 15 trees, plants, or shrubs. Identify 4 constellations and 8 insects.

Swimming: Jump feet first into water over your head, swim non-stop using any stroke a distance of 25 yards. ***

Good Turn: Unit Participation

Scout Spirit: This is the daily practice of the living Code of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Camp Spirit is very important. A Scout could complete all the other requirements and not be eligible for the award because he did not live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Second Year: Rank: Second Class (Pipestone wood required)

Scouting Skills: 12 parts of any rank** or one merit badge.

Ecology: Identify in the field: any combination of 25 trees, plants, or shrubs. Identify 6 constellations and 10 animals, mammals, reptiles, fish, crustaceans, or amphibians.)

Swimming: Jump feet first into water over your Head, swim non-stop using any two different strokes a distance of 50 Yards. ***

Good Turn: Unit Participation

Scout Spirit: Same as for all years. See first year requirements.

Third Year: Rank: First Class (Pipestone wood required)

Scouting Skills: 14 parts of any rank** or one merit badge.

Ecology: Identify in the field: any combination of 35 trees, plants, or shrubs. Identify 8 constellations and 10 birds.

Swimming: Jump feet first into water over your head, swim non-stop using any three strokes a distance of 100 yards. ***

Good Turn: Unit Participation.

Scout Spirit: Same as for all years. See first year requirements.

Fourth Year: Rank: Star (Pipestone Wood Required)

Scouting Skills: One merit badge.

Ecology: Serve as or assist the Unit Naturalist or Astronomer or serve in a designated leadership capacity.

Swimming: Jump feet first into water over your head, swim non-stop 125 yards of which 25 yards must be a resting backstroke.***

Good Turn: Leadership on the unit’s project.

Scout Spirit: Same as for all years. However, particular emphasis is placed upon Scout Spirit for the 4th year candidates. They should set an example for the younger Scouts. Example should be 90% of this requirement.

Fifth Year: Rank: Life (Pipestone Wood Required)

Scouting Skills: Serve in a designated leader’s capacity.

Swimming: Jump feet first into water over your head, swim non-stop for 150 yards of which 25 yards must bea resting back stroke AND pass or hold swimming merit badge.***

Good Turn: Serve in a designated leadership capacity.

Scout Spirit: Same as for all years.

Notes on Pipestone Requirements:

* Requirements for rank must be completed, but a Board of Review is not required to have been completed.

** Excluding Scout Spirit and a Board of Review. The Scoutmaster’s Conference may be counted if all the other requirements for that rank have been completed. If the required number of skills cannot be met, a merit badge must be earned.

*** Waiving the swimming requirement for one’s camp honor shall be governed by the guidelines set forth under the “Disabilities” section of this guide.

Special Notes:

EAGLE CAMPERS

A Scout who comes to camp with his Eagle rank is not required to pass additional merit badges in camp unless he does not have Swimming merit badge. However, fulfillment of the Scout Skills requirement for any year’s camp honor must be met by service in a clearly designated leadership position.

ADULT CAMPERS

Adult leaders who attend Summer Camp are encouraged to earn their Pipestone as well. The camp honor requirements for adults are as follows:

Be a registered Scouter.

Attend Summer Camp as part of a Boy Scout Troop, Venture Scout, or Explorer organization.

Complete a Camp Good Turn as described above.

Complete attendance requirements described in the following paragraph entitled “Pipestone Attendance Requirements.”

Function fully in a leadership capacity to Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Explorers while in camp as determined by the Camp Director. Attendance without leadership service does not qualify an adult for camp honors.

Adults should not bring pipestone wood to camp but should exercise leadership by closely supervising the quality and quantity of Pipestone wood collected by Scout candidates using the standards listed above.

PIPESTONE ATTENDANCE:

Youth campers must be in camp from Sunday Campfire through Saturday check-out to qualify for camp honors. Serious personal reasons are justified excuses for qualification. Vacations, athletics, and other such activities are not excusable. The Camp Director shall be the final authority in determining the acceptability of a Scout’s reason for leaving camp in regards to earning camp honors. Adult campers who spend four full days and three full nights in attendance at Summer Camp during the single given week that the unit for which leadership is provided attends Summer Camp meet the attendance requirement for camp honors. For this attendance qualification, one of the nights may not be Friday night.