Re: In a knot over knots!
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 31 Oct 1991 08:48:00 EDT
When I was in Augusta, Georgia, I caught hell for "telling volunteers
that they were entitled to training awards". Big time...from the Council
His point of view was that "certain people " were entitled to those awards
because they were active in the Council's activities and did not "rock the
boat"; in other words, as "payoffs" for participating in his Council's
programs. The Silver Beaver was treated that way in that Council as well.
When I informed (after I did my homework and looked at the training records
that were maintained over the years....all Councils have them. Their Area
Director looks at them as part of the old evaluation of program for the
CE/SEs) 17-plus people that they were qualified for a training award or key
based on tenure, participation and service (exactly what the various "cards"
call for), I was sternly informed that "Mike, we like your aggressiveness
in letting people know about those awards..but in MY Council, I leave that
up to the professional staff to do. Please don'
t raise their hopes up by telling people that they are entitled to something
that they are not".
(What?? Me raise hopes??? I simply matched names with positions with
training course attendance....!)
You are exactly correct. Unless someone like me tells you that "there is
a training award out there for the job you hold"; unless I or you or someone
who really cares goes and finds these people....all we will see is what
you and Adrian describe as the "district and council people" getting those
awards....time after time...with maybe a token unit person thrown in as
In the Transatlantic Council in Europe, each District maintains training
records on EVERY volunteer....and sees to it that EVERY volunteer that
meets the criteria for a award GETS IT...quickly, impressively, and as
soon as the Council exec signs the certificate, gets the medal and knot, and
sends it through a DE or through the mail to a KEY VOLUNTEER that presents
the award (twice, I went on the road as one of those key volunteers to
present a Scouter's Key in Karlsruhe and in Neu Ulm...two hours @85 mph
from where I lived....because it is important that those things are NOT
"handed to him or her in the mail".
When you register in the TAC, someone sits down with you and not just
explain the role(s) you will play, but sees to it that you are trained and
recognized for that training. Such "peer coaching" is akin to a Scoutmaster
working with each Troop officer. Usually, the "coach-counsellor" is the
person that presents the award....and during the District Recognition
Banquet, a list of those new awardees are printed in the bulletin and asked
Two of Scouting's methods are uniforming and personal growth. I beleive that
the two work hand-in-hand, along with that "advancement" method of each
person progressing at his or her own rate or speed. The awards and things
available to adults are Scouting's way of applying those two methods to
each adult involved in the movement....so that we can be an example for those
youth that we serve.
"if we advance and is recognized, we will do a better job. If we do a better
job, then our youth will advance and be recognized. And that's the bottom
line, is it not??" --Mike Walton (1977, Council Exec Bd meeting)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City