Re: Knots or NOT
Thu, 8 Oct 1992 06:56:38 EDT
This has been an interesting thread to follow, all the different reasons
to wear or not to wear the knots. I was a cub scout (lion) and earned the
AofL, but did not go into B.S. I reentered the program for my sons and
became a WDL for 5 years, and a troop leader, commissioner, CM,SM,etc,etc.
I worked for and earned all/most ? of the cub/BS leader training awards
and wore the appropriate knot on my uniform. I think I have eight knots
now, severly earned in Cub/Boy/Comm. service. But now I work with adults
and my best shirt has no knots on it, and is the one I were most.
MY EXPERIENCE has been it is better to were the chest full of salad when
working with the BOYS, and little or nothing when with the adults. When
the kids occasionally ask, what does all that mean, and you explain that
this one took THREE YEARS to earn, and this TWO YEARS, and this one I have
earned THREE TIMES, etc. the boys often state that their badges and
achievements are easier to earn than adult ones. This is especially
helpful when some of the boys are crabbing about how hard the work is
or something.....whereas with adults I find that it can be a hindrance.
When I finally could afford another uniform, and before I loaded up on the
salad (I do ALL my own sewing by hand), I wore it for a while with only
council strip and flag. To my surprise I started to hear from the adults
that I have been working with, "Gee you really know a lot about scouting".
??? Do they pay more attention if the Christmas tree lights are out????
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City