Re: Incentives and Rewards (was Going to Quebec): Long!
Christopher L. Rankin (CRANKIN@JCVAXA.JCU.EDU)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 13:49:37 -0500
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>The TLC has decided on calling it a reward trip. [...] Any other
>units do something like this?
>Yep! We're doing it this year but it's patrol based rather than
>individual based. We are giving a free trip to the 'best' patrol.
>Boys earn points for positive things (attendance, dues in on time,
>uniform), and lose points for negative things (late, no show,
>uniform, bad behaviour). We figure that making it patrol based,
>we improve patrol cohesiveness. It seems to be working. The boys
>keep each other in line.
We also do something similar. Twice a year we tally up the total
amount of points that each patrol earns (points earned similarly
by wearing uniforms, scout spirit, attendance, and dues, and weekly
uniform inspections) and honor the patrol at one of our courts of
honor with recognition (usually a certificate or something). We
also take the patol (for the one ending in June) to a miniature
golf place and allow them to play two rounds each, have a few
turns in the batting cages, and play something new called
bankshot basketball. We usually top the evening off with pop
The program has been very successful thus far (it's been in place for
several years, but the emphasis necessary to have it be effective has
only been given for about the last year or so). As a matter of
fact, we were even considering the possibility of taking the winning
patrol to an amusement park (or some similar place) for a day
for next spring/summer's competition. That should be very interesting...
We also do a little recognition for the top scouts in our troop
every year along the same lines. Their recognition comes from the
addition of points earned through two distinct "point systems"
though-- the first being the one above (the honor patrol, or
honor points), and the second being based on advancement
(100 points awarded for a non-required MB earned, 200 for a
required, varying amounts of points for ranks earned, other
special awards, Eagle palms, etc., etc.). We also add in points for
participation in troop service projects, helping others with their
Eagle service projects, attending Scout Sunday, etc., etc. A few
years ago we also started a troop aluminum recycling program to make
a few extra dollars for troop operations; we also award points for
each bag of aluminum cans brought in over the months. Then at the
court of honor held at the end of the year (usually held in January
of the following calendar year, coinciding with the troop being
rechartered) we recognize the scout who has accumulated the most
points over the previous year as "Scout of the Year." We usually
get a trophy or plaque made up and engraved for the scout--
something special that he can be proud of. After all, it is an
So far these programs have been very successful within our troop;
especially the latter Scout of the Year competition. Although you
always will find a few scouts who do not really care about it and
don't want to participate, for the most part it tends to get quite
a few of our kids excited about most of our program. And yes, there
does tend to be quite a bit of competition for first place!
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Christopher L. Rankin CRANKIN@JCVAXA.JCU.EDU
Assistant Scoutmaster: Box 1387, John Carroll University
T-7, French Creek Council University Heights, OH 44118
T-620, Greater Cleveland Council (216) 397-5100
|>>-->>| Brotherhood Member, Langundowi Lodge 46
Silver Bronze Palm Eagle Scout, Class of '91
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