Adult religious awards
Tue, 2 Mar 1993 14:35:23 -0500
Many more adult leaders probably 'earn' the award than ever receive
them. In my faith and at least a couple of others I know about, the
award is a NOMINATION award, not one which can be worked/applied for.
This means that someone, generally a member of the church, has to
nominate you for the award. For mine, the nomination had to consist of
a letter of nomination from 'someone familiar with my contributions to
religion and scouting', a supporting letter from the minister or president,
a letter from someone "in the larger community", AND a letter from
a scouting professional at the district or council level. PLUS, a
couple of references who could be contacted if more information was
needed. Also required was a chronological listing of 'services to youth',
the type of 'service' given, the target groups (scouting, 4-H, school/sports,
etc). Although there are no set limits, 10 years is considered about average.
All this was sent off to the church headquarters where it was
evaluated and acted upon. The whole thing is supposed to be 'secret'
since they don't approve all nominations, a church can make only one
nomination per year, etc. The requirements vary from faith to faith, but
my guess is that a lot of deserving adults never receive the award because
no one thinks to nominate them (in the cases where this is necessary).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City