Re: Flippin' DEs!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 21 Feb 1994 09:58:41 CST
UNDER EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES, a professional member of the Boy Scouts
of America MAY (and 17 have, since 1985) receive the District Award of
Merit, the Silver Beaver or Silver Antelope awards (don't know about
the James West Fellowship Award) for youth service; and MAY receive
the Whitney Young, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service, George
Meany Labor Relations, or the Exploring Spurgeon Award.
The professional MUST be recommended by the District or Council's
Commissioner and Chair/President, and there must be a concurance of
both the Council Scout Executive AND the Regional Area Director in
writing as part of the application/recommendation process. Since
these awards are normally presented to volunteers for outstanding
service, professional service will be based and compared against other
Area or Regional professionals, and not against volunteers.
Finally, the National Executive Board of the BSA MUST approve all
professional awards as "exceptions to policy".
Most of the awards presented were District Awards of Merit (nine
between 1985 and 90, the last dates I've got here). Five
professionals received the OA Distinguished Service Award (two of
which was Chief Scout Executives Alden Barber and Ben Love); one
has received the George Meany Award, one received the Spurgeon Award,
and one received the Silver Beaver (but it was based on his volunteer
AND professional service, with an emphasis on his volunteer service
BEFORE he became a professional).
According to a friend of mine at the BSA's Program Group, the reason
why the National Executive Board opened this up as "exceptions" is
that, simply, there's just so much money and stock BSA plaques that
one can give those exceptional professionals. These professionals
have perhaps been on the top of the "Beat Last Year Acheivers" for the
past two years, have had sterling programs with outragouos youth and
unit numbers participating, have exceeded their District's SME/FOS
campaigns each year by 100 to 150 percent over the previous year; have
a full commissioner's staff or provided camping opporunities to EVERY
unit in his District...and on and on.... . In those cases, a mere
merit raise is nothing and another stock BSA plaque (which he could
purchase with the merit raise) don't really mean anything.
But a District Award of Merit.....something that "only volunteers get,
and we're really picky about whom gets those"? That's another story.
Please note that again this is an EXCEPTION TO NATIONAL POLICY and
that it takes the BSA's National Executive Board to approve those
awards before they are presented. But if you have a pro that has
REALLY done a great job for youth in AND OUT of Scouting, by all
means, DO fill out the recommendation for a volunteer award. Since he
or she *doesn't know* (or shouldn't know!) that he or she was
recommended, the only thing you're wasting is ink and paper!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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