Re: Happy Birthday BSA
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 9 Feb 1993 09:44:58 EST
Time for a bit of philosophy, and a list of reasons why WE do not
want that Silver animal! In my case, most all the people that really
deserved the award, in my opinion, are either dead, or are old and
retired from a job, and have nothing in life to keep them alive but
scouting. Now don't get me wrong, scouting it great, and it has
been a major factor in my family for over 40 years. However, I
also coach sports teams, searve on PTA board, our church council
etc. I try to reach out to youth, and help however I can, wearever
I can, not just scouting. I don't know about the SB people that
you may know, but all but one, was awarded the Silver lump on a ribbon
about the time that their "effective" service to scouting was over.
The one exception, our "NEW" SM. He came back to serve the boys!!!!
He had worked his way up to be a District Comissioner, and had THE
TOP SME, the most troops, the biggist camporees, etc. etc. BUT, he
did not follow all the "unwritten rules." He sometimes did not follow
the chain of political command etc. So the next thing you know, he
is awarded that ribon thing, and is then "retired" as DC. Within
six months, the district was in a mess, as was most of the council,
and one of many mergers took place. Tom has now gotten back to
where he belongs! SM! Talking to the scouts, training junior leaders,
telling endless stories at campfires, and the unit is stronger than
ever before! But Tom is an exception to the trend that I have seen.
When they GAVE him the "silver thing on a string", they expected that
he would "GO AWAY" and quietly retire, and show up at the dinners to
stand in the back row of the good old boys that spend all the awards
time, patting each other on the back!! Seems like I just heard that
at least one other disctrict does the same thing from the LIST.
I recently heard someone say that to get the award, you had to have
been on a district or council staff for at least 20 years! Or else
one TERM and the DC! I never expect to be a DC! However, I have
served on District comittees and even council comittees in 3 different
COuncils, and NOW 6 different districts. I have been trained more
times that I care to remember, and I have to be "RETRAINED" for the
Child protection TWICE this year. Once at the Univ of scouting, and
again by the RC Church.(niether will accpet each others qualifications)
SO, would I like to be awarded my OWN silver colored animal some day?
MAYBEY! IN the meantime, I have my Fathers in a nice case. I also
have my Cub leader of the year award, and the scout leader of the
year award, and I hope for the OA founders award before I even worry
about the rodent award! And I still have the card right here that
reminds me "Years from now, it will not matter how much money I had,
or the sort of car that I drove. But the world may be a better place
because I was important in the life of a boy!" I hope I never loose
that focus on what is the important part of scouting. Would I not
show up for the dinner, IF I starting getting those "HINTS"! Well
I would not cancel any family plans, or not show up to coach a game,
or miss my own son playing hockey, or even miss a troop camping trip.
What is important to me is to do the best I can for the kids! My
own kids, your kids, thier kids! There are the future! They need us
now!!!! I can wait until I am OLD before I even thing about awards!
It will be award enough the get this third and last one through
high school, and into a good college! At least he is finally done
with his Eagle project, and is just waiting for a E.BOR date!
So, bottom line, GO FIND a unit the needs your help! Or go find a
district or council committee that NEEDS help or a camp program
director that NEEDS a real good program for summer camp, and sign
up to be a camp comissioner (did you tell me about that job?),
or just go sit in the back at OA or roundtable and see if anyone
asks for help! Forget that stupid award, IT IS FOR OLD people!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City