Re: Leader Recognition
R L Ontjes 319-335-5457 (CWCRLOTS@UIAMVS.BITNET)
Fri, 8 Oct 1993 13:07:00 CDT
One that I gave some years ago, the Golden Broom award.
I took a twig (small branch) about 8 in long and 1/4 in in diameter and
attached some broom straws (so it looked like a witches broom), sprayed
it with gold paint and attached it to a piece of wood.
It was presented at a Court of Honor to one of the older scouts who had
had a good time on a troop campout. A nice kid that had managed to
avoid many of the less desirable details during the outing, but had
grabbed a broom during the cleanup (we had used a shelter) and worked
until everything was finished.
This was presented with a detailed, embellished and highly dramatic
recitation of how when there were dishes to do he was nowhere to be
found, etc., but when it was time to finally clean up he was there.
Needless to say his father wasn't very happy, but the scout was
estatic. He kept the award and it was prominently displayed at
his later Eagle Court of Honor.
Warning: a GAG award of this type can backfire, and after the reaction
of the father, I'm not sure I'd do it again. But under other
scenarios (not as a GAG award) can be very effective.
Bob Ontjes, Council Advancement Chair
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City