Re: Respect & Hats
G Schmit (gschmit@AOL.COM)
Sat, 2 Apr 1994 18:22:09 EST
I may be a day late and a dollar short, but here's my two cents:
I think I'm older than the date on my birth certificate because I was taught
to show respect to people because of their age, position, and - simply -
existence. Respect is granted as a basic element of human relationships; it
may be lost, but Mom said everyone deserves a second chance. "Earning"
respect is much harder than "losing" it because the standards of the judge
are often capricious or defensive. I think all respect begins with "Self-".
Our Troop addresses all adults as Mister "last name," unless of course they
use "Mrs." which the women seem to prefer. When adults speak to each other
in public (Scout ears receiving) Mr. and Mrs. are used. Rather than using
the Scouts' first names at all times, we try to address them as Mr. when
functioning in a position of authority (Mr. Arnold, our SPL). It seems to
enhance the Scout's, and his office's, prestige with his peers. Scouts need
to learn the appropriateness of address.
BSA "baseball" hats (great idea about the caribiner) have always been a
problem at the dining hall at summer camp. About a half-dozen or so years
ago, Rev. Roberts showed the Scouts how to tuck the bill of the cap between
the belt and the small of the back. He wouldn't let Scouts wear the hat in
church or the dining hall. However, that first week of camp he lost three
hats. He assigned a CIT to follow him and find out what was happening.
After lunch, with hat tucked behind his belt he left for the latrine. Yep,
fourth hat. That is a great idea about the caribiner.
YiS, George GSchmit@AOL.COM
ASM, Trp 18 Cazenovia, NY 13035-9418
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