Re: Leader Recognition
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Thu, 7 Oct 1993 22:10:58 CDT
Peter Van Houten <peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM> writes:
>I'm in need of your assistance....(Kathie and Mike are you reading this)
>I'm teaching a class in Leader Recognition at our upcoming PowWow. The
>course will cover the following:
>* Why Recognition of Leaders is vital to the success of the scouting
Everyone wants to be recognized for their work, no matter how little
or how much. The problem has always been how to do that and at the
same time make it meaningful for the person being recognized, for his
or her peers and for the entire Scouting community. The Boy Scouts of
America feels so strongly about this element of the program that it
designed various recognitions to honor Scouters for their service to
Scouting and to youth programs outside of Scouting.
If a leader is recognized for his or her efforts, it makes the person
more productive and seem to feel a "part of the team". This also
lends itself to the "group", be it Den, Patrol, Squad, Crew or other
groups (Packs, Troops and Posts come readily to mind; but there's also
the "Roundtable staffs", the "Woodbadge Patrol" and as many times we
here mention, to the "Quality Council". Folks will work harder and
longer and will have more productively if they are periodically
recognized for their work and longetivity. That's a fact. Don't
*you* want to work toward making your unit the best if you knew that
perhaps there was something that everyone can receive as a benefit?
Here are ways that you can recognize other Scouters and be recognized
for your efforts in the "game of Scouting":
>* Structured Recognitions
> -- Leader Knots (Nationals Recognition System)
There are seventeen training awards available to ALL adult members of
the Scouting family (including our professional counterparts). All of
the awards feature three main elements:
Training: the completion of approviate training programs
designed to give a baseline to all Scouters. There is also in many
cases supplemental training or experiences that are geared to provide
a level of experience that is equal to what other Scouters nationally
Tenure: a period of time in which the application of the
training you attended is given.
Performance: How well did you do the things you were trained
to do?? Not just that you "stuck around long enough", but that you
used the training during the period of time to make the unit better.
Six of the training awards are available to Cub Scouting
Leaders: The Cubmaster Award for the Cubmaster; the Den Leader
Training Award for Den Leaders and assistants; the Den Leader Coach
Training Award for Den Leader Coaches; the WEBELOS Den Leader Training
Award for WEBELOS Den Leaders and assistants; the Cub Scouter Award,
for volunteers in positions OTHER than those above; the Tiger Cub
Organizer/Coordinator Award for the Tiger Cub Organizer.
There's also the Scouters' Key Award which can be earned by
Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, Sea Exploring Skippers, and Exploring
Advisors and by Commissioners; the Scouter's Training Award that can
be earned by assistants to those primary positions and by members
of the Roundtables for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Varsity Scouts;
And there's the Professional Training Award for professional
But that's not all....there are also awards for service to the local
Council (the Silver Beaver) and the District (the District Award of
Merit). Perhaps you're a Union member and give service to Scouting.
There's a special award to recognize your efforts called the George
Meany Award. There's also awards for service presented to you from
For each of those awards (and others), there's a approviate embrodered
square knot to be worn on the field uniform. These awards are not
worn in any particular order except for the order that the person
places them in.
The idea of the "square knot" goes back as far as we know to the first
awards that the BSA presented. Originally, the square knot was chosen
because the knot was one of the BSA's first outward symbols. Later
on, the square knot was used for the first "representational emblems"
(the Honor Medal and the Medal of Merit, the Eagle Scout Award, and
the Silver Buffalo, Antelope and Beaver Awards).
There has been much said about the wearing of the knots upon the field
uniform, and there's valid points on both sides of the view. However,
the bottom line is that the BSA provides these emblems as visible ways
for those that have earned or received one of those hard-earned and
deserving awards to display their service on the field uniform. You
may choose not to wear those that you wish not to, to wear all or none
> -- Roundtable New Leader Recognition
In many Councils, special recognitions are presented to those
Scouters that attend a specific number of Roundtable meetings. In
most areas, there are also special emblems, necklaces, or other items
that are presented to Scouters attending for their first time. This
also tends to make people feel "part of the group" particularily if
everyone else is similiarily "accessorized".
> -- BSA Plaques and certificates
There are a wide variety of "stock certificates" (hold
several certificates) and "stock plaques" available through the BSA's
Supply Division....suitable for thanking anyone from a corporation
president on down to the Den Chief of your Den.
These are all of the "formal" things that the BSA provides to Scouters
and to local Councils to recognize the efforts of their volunteers and
professionals. There are a lot more, however, that you can do to
recognize folks for their work and assistance!
>* Fun or Unstructured Recognitions
> -- Inexpensive ways to say thank you. (Helping Hand, Golden Spoon,
Take some silver spray paint, a pencil sharpened, some glue
and a wooden board painted or varnished. Spray the pencil on a piece
of paper all over and wait until it's dry. Then take the pencil and
glue it to the board. Then go out and get an engraving plate and get
it engraved with the name of the person.
You have just created the "Silver Pencil" award for your Pack's
Secretary or Advancement Chair! There's a lot to be said for
imagination and creativity, and creating "personalized awards" for the
people in your unit tells them that you took some time to think about
saying "thanks" rather than to get a "stock plaque" or a "stock
Have fun creating them, but also remember that there may be some
people that don't like "being poked fun of". You need to be able to
recognize those folks in advance and think of something that they
would feel confortable accepting. Remember that even the "fun awards"
find their places in a room in their home...and that folks WANT to
display those awards because it came from people whom CARED.
Likewise with certificates. There are several great
computer-assisted program that will assist you in creating some great
certificates and produce some great output. But you can do well
without the computer and printer. Many great-looking certificates can
be produced with clip-art and a simple copier (and there's a lot of
clip-art out there!)
>* Ceremonies - Formal and informal
> -- New leader ceremonies
> -- Thank you ceremonies
> -- GoodBye ceremonies
( I can't help out there, Peter...I'll keep looking though!
>I know everyone of you out there appreciate being told 'Thank you', and I
>know you've taken part in unique ways to express appreciation. I would very
>much like to include your experiences in this class. P L E A S E help me
>out and tell me at least the one appreciation item you received, why you
>received it, how you received it, and why it meant so much to you!
One of my most memorable appreciation items I've received ever was
a piece of wood, painted white and red with blue letters "Thank you"
on one side and "Troop 343" on the other. I was at summer camp in
1980 at Camp Covered Bridge and was serving as Provisional Scoutmaster
to two combined Troops from Indiana, Troops 3 and 43. So we made up
the provisional Troop number Troop 343 for the week. I guess that I
made a great impression on them, because on the Thursday evening after
the dinner in the mess hall, the Scouts presented me with this award.
But more than that, are the vocal "thanks" from Scouts that make it to
Eagle that I've helped along the way and from Explorers that receive
the Acheivement Award that I've served as their Advisor. Those and
the personal letters of thanks written in longhand by them I've kept
and when things get tough and I don't think that I want to stay in
Scouting....I read a couple of those..and think "no way...I'm
I hope that I've helped out a little, Peter...I've got more, but I
don't think that my disk quota will hold out much. As I find some
ceremonies, I'll post a followup!!
Thanks for asking!
Mike L. Walton
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