Re: adult awards
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Wed, 11 May 1994 09:32:35 -0500
> Some jobs are really thankless, though. Leaders get a lot
> of visibility with kids & parents, but not many kids or parents
> know about the people who work behind the scenes, like committee
> people. It can be a fair amount of work, too.
It is really up to us to say thank you as often and as loudly as possible
to the leaders and parents. As the District Training Chairman, it is
my job to go and present the local leaders the Training Awards/Keys that they
have earned. With 5 minutes of time, you can talk about what a parents
expectations should be of the pack or troop leaders. Then you explain
the three areas that the leader had to achieve in; tenure, training, and
activities. Then you explain the impact of trained leaders on the units
program. Call up those leaders that have been trained or received the
training awards. Explain when the next set of training dates are, or if
there is a need, provide one-on-one leader training. We have experience
a marked increase with training awards. We have also seen an increase in
the number of trained leaders, about 8% on the cub side. But that is
not to the point here.
Our district presents a district statuette (McKinsy (sp?)) to leaders
that are nominated by their peers. The large majority of the awards do
go to the Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Den Leaders, and their assistants.
However, at least one third go to Committee members that have held a
unit together or rebuilt a unit. We pass out 8-10 of these each year.
The DE or Dist Comm/Unit Comm or Dist type usually will redo the award
at the next unit pack meeting or troop Court of Honor.
The unit leader recognition is usually done within a unit. Some go off
the deep end with parent and leader recognitions, but these are usually
the units I like to hang around with. Other units are stoic about
the whole thing and never say thank you to anyone. They turn over a lot of
people and are not a happy group. A source for ideas on recognitions
is the Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioners Staff Training pamphlet or
just about any Pow WoW book.
Mohegan is planning a Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioners Staff
Training session on October 22, 1994.
Jay Bemis Mohegan Council
District Training Chairman Quinsigamond District
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City