Nuts for Knots
Thu, 8 Oct 1992 10:42:11 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a nut for knots, and pins, and badges, and all that other good stuff.
Like others, I have uniforms with varying amounts of stuff on them (all
in the correct place, and awards selected very carefully for particular
occasions.) Insignia is fun to collect, and serves a purpose:
1. Many recognition programs are backed by sets of obtainable goals or
standards which reinforce the training we get as leaders.
2. Eveybody likes a pat on the back!
Some people have disparaged wearing these because they think that:
1. They detract from true purpose or reason for scouting. That is, people
want to do things not because they enjoy them, but because they want the
2. They impose a rank or pecking order.
Ease up folks! Keep a sense of humor about things! If you let snobs bother
you (whether in scouts, society, or church) then you should examine how
secure you are with your own image. My perception of a person has very
little to do with gender, color, wealth or patches (or lack of them,) but
of the look in their eye and the smile on their face. I am impressed by
the kindness that people show me and others, both in person and on the net.
I consider myself one of Scouting greatest cheerleaders, and if BSA says
that recognition is a part of the program, then I am going to show how it
can work gracefully! This means not being as austere as a monk, but
showing that I can wear whatever I want (that conforms to official regs),
and still be as nice as can be to new participants. I am a Roundtable
Commissioner, and the new people in the crowd can tell it. I know who
they are too, and I make a special effort to hang around with them and make
them feel just as important as Joe Oldtimer.
Sometimes I think the people with all of the stuff on their uniforms
gravitate towards each other because they know that they will have common
things to talk about (just like entry level programmers talk about different
things that some DBA's might talk about.) The group dynamics that I have
seen show that the old-timers like to talk to each other whether or not they
are wearing knots, and tend to ignore the "newbies" whether or not THEY are
wearing knots. My challenge to everybody (whether or not you wear knots) is
to be cheerful! Smile at the pure trophy hounds, and smile with everybody
else. Make people like Jessica know that scouting is about love and
friendship, that pettiness about knots is part of the fringe, and that
recognitions is just part of the fun and silliness and sugar that sweetens
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City