Re: Distinguished Ast SM Award
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Fri, 6 May 1994 01:54:09 -0600
On Thu, 5 May 1994, Don Izard wrote:
> Our council HAD in the past several LOCAL awards, each
> named to remember a former scouter. They were just
> engraved little 'trophy' type things made from standard
> BSA catalogue stock items.
> HOWEVER, these LOCAL awards have been discontinued recently.
> I do not know the Official reason why. I heard that one
> reason was that there was NO standards for such awards
> between districts or councils, and that there was ENOUGH
> national and official awards that local people did not
> need to create more.
> Personally, I think the MORE recognition and awards the BETTER.
I agree with you completely, Don. In fact, when I was a Cub, we didn't
have plastic beeds that National sanctioned for instant recognition.
Someone, somewhere came up with an idea, and National jumped on the
bandwagon. Perhaps it's time that National endorsed local awards.
Along that same line, I would think the best approach would be for
National to set _some_ of the criteria and allow the council to determine
the final criteria. I think it appropriate, too, for the local council to
determine how many different awards will be used. Finally, I really like
the idea that the local council name the awards.
As you point out, many of our leaders put in a lot of hard work and
receive little or no recognition. I know, we don't do this for ourselves,
but let's face the human nature facts. If we can demonstrate through some
awards appreciation for hard efforts rendered on behalf of scouting, won't
more people do more hardwork? Again, not for the honor of an award, but
because of the standard it sets. Because they can see that their efforts
are appreciated at least somewhat--even if only by proxy (sic).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City