Re: Knots or NOT
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 8 Oct 1992 09:35:09 CDT
You are of course among many of us who do not prefer to not wear our knots.
The Wood Badge uniform is plain for a reason. Not because we do not need
any "generals," but because everyone needs to be at an equal level to make
the course work. That should extend into the entire Scouting program, with
or without wearing knots. I rarely know what people do for a living, as a
District Commissioner, my main concern in people, and how to best assist
them to reach for the best they can be - boy and adult.
I do not wear my knots for another reason than what you gave. As a female,
I was not able to earn any "boy" awards, but think that if I had I too
would sew them onto my uniform. I watched my son work for his Eagle, and
have sat on many Eagle boards - also many boards of review for other ranks
- and know that if a boy truly fulfills the requirements and stretches
himself he has also worked hard -- and earned the rank.
Some 15 years ago, I was chairing a basic training sesson for Cub Scout
leaders, and just before the course started, one of the new leaders spotted
my knots on my uniform, and said to the leader in the next seat, "Of
course, SHE would know how to do this right, look at all her knots!"
Well, I went home that night and removed all (then) four knots. I do have
one uniform shirt with full knots as there are times now as a District
Commissioner that it fits the occassion better, and better represents our
program and the kids. (i.e. when I accept the check on behalf of the units
in our poverty area of our district in the amount of thousands of dollars,
the donators like it better if we wear full uniforms.)
I believe that a little goes a long way. If I were to meet you for the
first time in what you describe, I would be favorably impressed, and have
the impression that you were not in this program for you own personal
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City