Re: Must you be present to 'win'?
Ches Martin 803-656-2481 (CHES@CLEMSON.BITNET)
Wed, 23 Feb 1994 09:52:00 EST
I think in this age of video cameras and VCRs, I would have the
ceremony recorded, and then present a copy of the tape and the award to
the boy at his home. When presenting the award to the boy at his home,
I would express my joy and pride in his accomplishments and apologize
for the scheduling conflict which led to his absence. I would try my
best to be polite and sincere about the entire situation, even though I
know it "hurts" you that they chose not to participate in the ceremony.
Presenting them with the tape will hopefully convey the importance of
the event and make them wish they had been up front with all their
smiling, proud friends. It may also serve as a learning opportunity
when they are faced with similar decisions in the future.
Finally, I think I would offer to participate in the boy's current
troop's next Court of Honor (with consent from the Scoutmaster of
course) to present the award in public. You could plan a simple, yet
dignified presentation ceremony for them at a troop court of honor.
Scoutmaster, Troop 84
Blue Ridge Council
Anderson, South Carolina
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City