To be, or Knot to be
Wed, 30 Oct 1991 15:43:46 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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I can see why there might be some reluctance to wear a bunch of knots -
I'm sure that we have all seen people who are blatant in doing
things only for the patch. Worse than this are people that are snobs
about their "fruit salad"; being obsequious toadies to scouters
with a lot of insignia, and ice-cold to the new-comers. I don't
blame the patches however, only the hearts and souls of those that covet
them. Such people would be snobs even if there weren't any insignia to
I am proud of my insignia, and I love to collect patches and awards!
The patches and awards are not the reason that I do it, however. I
yearn for the fellowship with other scouts and scouters, and love the
skills and activities in scouting. Scouting is a way of life for me!
The awards that I get are invariably anti-climaxes for what I did to get
them. When I received my Eagle, it felt to me that I was an Eagle
already, and the piece of ribbon and silver was just a symbol. Likewise,
when I received my District Award of Merit this year, I felt honored, and
am proud to wear the patch, however I am not nearly as proud of it as the
fact that I took the Boy Scout Roundtable program and made roundtables
something that people looked forward to going to!
I suppose the bottom line is that it doesn't really matter what you wear;
if you are a quality person, then other quality people will know it. The
insignia are needed to pat people on the back (even if they really don't
need that sort of thing), and to advertise the fun and service that can be
had in Scouts!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City