Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 10 Nov 1993 09:53:56 -0800
Regarding the Upside down Bobcat (boy or award) let me add another question
to our ongoing discussion:
Why pin the Bobcat badge on upside down in the first place?
Where in BSA literature does it state that the Bobcat award must be presented
in this fashion with a limitation (do a good turn in order to turn it right
side up). The Boy has already met the requirements for the badge so (being
the devil's advocate) why add additional conditions to the award.
Yes, doing a good turn is a quality we want to install in our Bobcats, BUT it
is something we want to install in all our Cub Scouts to do
continually...freely...without recognition or payment. Doing good to others
should not be tied to self-recognition, but given unselfishly to the
recipient! Remember the 'Unkown Scout' who was instrumental in getting
scouting started in the USA. Some contend that it may have been a created
story, irregardless the principle is the same. The boy didn't do it so he
could receive an award or have his 'Bobcat' righted. It was done because he
was a Scout (period) and was willing to help.
Anyway, just some 'Food For Thought'....
Peter Van Houten
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