My first post here on this Discussion Network.
I am the person starting up the Youth Patriotism Awards program.
The history of the program I have started is directly related to the US Heritage Award that used to be run by Nations Trails. Over the last two years, Nations Trails has been taking money in from people but not providing the medal for the program. I was one of the leaders that lost money thru this company. I know several of the posters on the forum have talked about legal action but I am unaware of what came of that.... so make sure to inform your District/Council not to use Nations Trails anymore.
Anyway.. I started looking into what it would take to just reproduce the medals. I thought the program was a sound one and I feel that our youth have way too little exposure to the great things about our country and its history.
As I investigated a medal manufacturer, I started to sketch out what I would like to have done as a boy, what I want my Cub Scouts to do, and what would be a program that could be used in Scouting, schools, etc. This was the birth of the program. It has really grown from my original idea but I have produced requirements that I am proud of and believe a youth should have pride in completing.
Since that time, I have fleshed out the Youth Patriotism Awards and decided to take a chance and push the program. I have ordered the Heritage medals and await their delivery (Sept 9th). After inspecting their quality, I will be ordering the other three medals and should have the program in full swing.
I hope that everyone that was thinking about the US Heritage award will visit my site and look at the program I have set up. I pledge to keep this particular program healthy and true to upholding the values that we all learned thru scouting and as Americans.
Yours in Scouting,