Re: In a knot over knots!
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 30 Oct 1991 12:16:00 EDT
Thanks for your candid comments. As I wrote earlier, my "ollie Walton"
uniforming is meant to show Scouters that *you* can do the same things
and be recognized for it ; as far as Scouts are concerned, it gives
them VISABLE means of seeeing just how far you can go with this "game" called
You are *not* doing the requirements for yourself. All of the training
awards call for you to attend training courses, apply the training over
some period of time, and do some other projects designed to give you a wider
view of the Scouting/Cubbing/Exploring programs. Everything that you do
you are expected to share that knowledge with your peers, your Scouts
(Explorers) and the general Scouting community. That is why like in the last two
weeks, I have attended courses that I have done or served on staff of...to
better myself and to share the knowledge with other Scouters (Exploring leaders)
The service awards (starting with the Scoutmasters and Commissioner's Award
of Merit and going upward to the District Award of Merit, the Silver "animal"
awards (and their Exploring, rural/urban, union, and religious equals) askes
(asks) you to perform service to Scouting...and your communities..over a
ten year (or longer) period of service...hopefully, during that time, you
may have been doing some things for yourself, but more than that, you are
doing it for the youth...what Scouting is all about.
The other awards *are* individual recognitions (Eagle, Exploring Achievement,
Arrow of Light, heroism and the Hornaday awards, youth religious awards.)
and if you have worked hard and long or if you attempted to put Scouting's
principles in action to assist others, I feel that not only should you be
recognized for it, but you should be entitled to wearing of that
We talked briefly about Scouting being "too big" yesterday, and I agree that
Scouting has this "its our playground, our field, our rules, and our
equipment" mentality about its programs. Scouting has become a multi-million
dollar investment corportation dedicated to youth development, with its own
career staff, a multi-million dollar supply center, several million acres
of camplands, and five national centers from where its programs can be
exercised at to the fullest. I think what we are seeing here is that
Scouting is trying (not hard enoguh says some; too hard says many) to reach
all segments of our population and convince them that the mission of the BSA
should be the mission in their lives. The uniforms, with or without the
knot emblems, is one of eight ways that we are trying to do this reaching.
Unfortunately, as the BSA found out when they started this "knot craze",
is that, like you said, the majority of those wearing two or more of those
knots are those that "stuck it out" for at least ten years. They have
their Scout Execs about this problem, and its the Scout Execs/Council Exec
that has replied (rightfully so) that "Hey, you gave us permission to make
annexes to your rules...let us do this and stay away!"--this led to lots of
SE/CEs "keeping volunteers from earning those awards"...until National
short-circuited their thought patterns by first coming up with knots that
most ALL adults can wear (Eagle, Arrow of Light, SM Award of Merit); by
thenm reducing the period of time that one can earn a training award (from
three to two years for most....); then by creating "new" knots for awards
that Councils and Districts handed out at a banquet (District Award of
Merit, Commissioner's Award, Spurgeon Award....).
In 1976-78, the BSA did a study called "Foundations for Growth" where
they found out that Scouters didn't stay around like those "red jacketed"
ones did because NOBODY in their Council ever recognized them for the
service and training that they participated in. When asked "Did you receive
a training award", 73% of the respondants stated that "they did not know
that they were entitled to a training award"...almost three-quarters!!!
Yes, I believe that Scouting may have patched a leak with a torniquet instead
of a bandaid....but the results should be that we will have more enthused,
trained leaders THAT STICK IT OUT....and like I said earlier, if I can show
just one adult that if he or she sticks it out like I have....and this is
what he or she will get for that effort...then its worth us all looking
like Ollie North!
Settummanque!@ Just call me "ollie"...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City