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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:21 pm 
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What is the maximum number of stars a pathfinder can earn on the Good Conduct award?

When do you usually first give it out, Friend or Companion level?

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 2:54 pm 
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The good conduct award is given out to qualifying Pathfinders at the end of the Friend year. If good conduct is awarded to a Pathfinder every year (through Guide), a maximum total of five stars can be placed on the Good Conduct bar (the bar for the first year, and a star for every year the award is bestowed upon the Pathfinder again).

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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 5:59 am 
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As VPF says, it's 5 stars + 1 ribbon unless you live in a conference that has more than 6 classes (such as Florida Conf). They have 8 classes, and thus, up to 7 stars.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 8:21 pm 
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I'm not sure 7 stars would fit on the ribbon. Is there some way to denote that with the limited space on the ribbon? I think at most... 4 stars would fit. This coming from my experience with ribbon stars and devices from my time in NJROTC.

Just a thought. :)

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:03 pm 
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If the Good Conduct ribbon is the same as the Pathfinder Excellence Award (Gold center, blue, red and white stripes from the outside in - AdventSource supplies suggests this is the same thing http://www.adventsource.org/as30/store- ... spx?ID=663
), then according to the GC guidelines, the maximum number of stars should be four, as the award requirements note that a Pathfinder must have been part of a club for at least two years, meaning they could not receive it until investiture as a Companion, though the GC requirements do not include the use of stars, just that it can only be worn the year following its presentation.

http://gcyouthministries.org/Ministries ... fault.aspx

That said, Oregon, Southeastern California, Florida and several others say they follow NAD regulations (which are not available on the NAD website as far as I can find), and these all say it is ONE year in a club, so that would be the five maximum stars. Georgia Cumberland says they follow the GC guidelines, and call it the Excellence Award rather than Good Conduct, but they have different requirements than the GC site (one year instead of two). And to keep things even more confusing, at least one manual for Florida says to use different COLOR stars to denote years, rather than the total number of stars. (http://www.forestlakepathfinders.com/wp ... cement.pdf)

Many conferences disagree with other issues, for example if conduct deteriorates in the year subsequent to receiving the ribbon, should it be relinquished or can it continue to be worn. This seems to differ by conference.

http://orgcpathfinders.netadvent.org/assets/129226
http://www.seccyouth.com/index.php/home ... 192-awards
http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/wp ... 2-2013.pdf
http://www.pathfinderpathways.com/uploa ... s_2011.pdf

Overall, this, like several other issues, seems to point back to the question of uniformity in uniforms, which is the topic of a different discussion. In my transition from a club director to an area coordinator, sorting these things out is becoming even more important...

Hope that doesn't re-complicate the issue even further.

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