Re: The Bobcat/another reply
Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Wed, 17 Nov 1993 11:49:07 -0500
I earlier wrote:
> RE>>The Bobcat/reply
> > Well, Peter. You are right in that it does not say anywhere that the pin
> > goes on upside down. It seems to be a tradition in many packs. The pack
> > my sons went through had a slightly different tradition. At the boy's
> > FIRST pack meeting, where he is "inducted", his neckerchief slide is
> > placed on upside down.
Peter Van Houten replied:
> Traditions are wonderful and I encourage packs to establish traditions that
> reflect their Pack... However, traditions have a way of becoming 'The
> Policy' over time. Regarding the Bobcat's association with good turn (IMHO)
> I feel it should not be associated with the award. I liked the idea of
> giving each boy a 'Scout Coin' and having them switch it from left to right
> pocket each day, after they've done a good turn. In this way the only person
> who knows that he's done the good turn is the boy. Your
> tradition is good in that it doesn't associate the act with the awards
> (Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos), however its still a visible entity. I'd be
> interested in knowing how your boys feel about your tradition. Have you ever
> asked one of them 'how they feel if they don't turn it over in a timely
Again, Peter, I support your views. I have no idea what other boys felt. I do
know what my sons felt. It WAS important to them. They saw the object lesson
of the good turn. My youngest son, when a Bobcat, over the next couple of days
after getting his neckerchief, kept on asking my wife "Can I turn my slide
right-side up now?". The coin idea is great, too. In fact, my next to youngest
has one, (which I did not know) and carries it in his pocket sometimes. I can
see what you are getting at with the 'timely fashion', but I could guarantee
that all those new boys wore their slides properly at the next Pack meeting.
So there is no peer ridicule at those meetings.
Further comment: just because "we've ALWAYS done it this way" could be enough
reason not to.
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