Re: Scoutmaster Award of Merit
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (freemason@AOL.COM)
Mon, 4 Oct 1993 18:48:58 EDT
I know this is an old subject, but it took me this long to formulate some
thoughts on the matter.
I agree the Scoutmaster Award of Merit (SAM) is a special award, not unlike
the Order of the Arrow, in that the recommendation for award is made by the
Scoutmaster's (SM) peers, in this case, his/her Senior Patrol Leader and
Committee Chairman, and Unit Commissioner, once the tenure and performance
requirements havve been met. Personally, I like the concept, and applaud
NESA and National for coming up with an apropriate recognition.
It dismays me that some of the rural, poorer councils do not consider this
award worthwhile. The cost of the materials (forms, certificates, etc.) are
low ($1.50 for hand-lettered certificate, $10.00 or so for the jacket patch,
$1.50 for the knot), compared to other distinguished service awards, and
could actually be passed off to the Troop which has the recipient as part of
their recognition program without bankrupting the unit. The only thing the
local Council would be out would be the time to review and sign off, and the
As far as the use of the award for "performance criteria" on the District of
Council level, that, IMHO, is a red herring. It would seem that a District
Executive (DE) should have more concern if the number of awards, over a
period of a few years, is significantly greater than the number of troops.
That could indicate unstable troops due to turnover of top leaders. This, in
and of itself, should not be used as a performance indicator - it is a
service award, an attaboy for a job well done, from the SM's junior
I, for one, am trying to encourage its presentation in our District, because
there are a lot of good SMs here, and the junior leaders don't know about
this award program. It is a great kudo for a small effort and monetary cost,
and can help let a SM know he is appreciated for the job well done.
That is my $0.02 worth.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
And a helluvan Engineer!
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream Council
(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237
Eagle Scout (1971)
Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo #457) (Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
Life Member Alpha Phi Omega Mu Tau Chapter (WV Tech)(Spring 1975)
Hope to be a critter soon.
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