Re: Adult Religous Award
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 1 Dec 1994 13:58:32 CST
"Richard A. Willemsen" <rwillems@GARNET.MSEN.COM> writes:
>I've read a number of comments on religious awards but have a simple (I
>think) question. What are the requirements for an adult leader to earn a
>religious award? This came up in a recent Committee meeting and nobody
>seemed to know. Any help would be appreciated.
Hi Rick!! It is a *great* followup question to ask (there are about
ten or so others out there slapping their hands to their foreheads and
saying "I could've had a V-8!" (not! hehehe..that's what I'm drinking
this afternoon...no coffee made yet *sourface*).... they are perhaps
asking the same question.
[brief note for our non USA Scouters: "V-8" is a vegetable juice
product made by a division of the Campbell Soup Company...they ran ads
in the 70s and 80s with actors and actresses slapping their hands to
their foreheads as to say "Why didn't I think of that?", saying those
words.... whenever someone in a Troop that I served as Assistant
Scoutmaster would say something silly, or something obious, someone
silly would rise up and slap their forehead and say "Wow! What a
concept" or "Wow! How long did it take you to catch on?"...yeah...its
a bit bordering on the abusive side, but at the same time, I think
that they were trying to "informally" tell the person to "keep up,
silly". My youngest son does the same thing to me, slapping an
invisible "Duh!" stamp on my head whenever I say something silly. ]
First, the adult religious awards are presented to Scouters for
SERVICE to their faith or to a church for a specific period of time,
normally more than seven to ten years in length. Service can be as a
member of the faith, as a lay minister or assistant, as a school
teacher or instructor or any combination of the above. In addition,
practical applications of that faith as demostrated in participating
in community programs, including Scouting, is also a part of each
faith's requirements. Finally, statements from those associated with
your local Council, with your church and with those that know of your
service to youth through the faith or church is required (at least
three to five letters). As it is a service award, the Scout Executive
or his designee must also approve the award for BSA Scouters, and it
is normally the local Council that sends fees to either the church or
to a national clearinghouse (for instance, the Association of Baptists
for Scouting, in Nashville, Tennessee) to have the award sent and the
certificate prepared and sent (along with tie tacs or other outward
emblems of the award).
The actual awarding is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to be made as part of a
church's service. In several faiths, among them the Catholic and
Jewish faiths, there are special ceremonies in which the priest or
rabbi perform in awarding you the award. This is to tie in the fact
that although this award recognizes your committment and service in a
variety of programs for youth and with youth, that the church
recognizes a higher obligation that you committed yourself to...that
is, to honor your committment to your faith and to serve as a positive
model of faith and application of faith.
Each Church, Rick, has a specific set of requirements for the adult
award. The award normally is NOT something that you can "earn" but
rather something that is "presented" to you by a church or faith.
There is NOTHING that states a "Protestant" man cannot receive the
Jewish or the LDS Church's award for service, provided of course, that
you have given service to Jewish or "Mormon" youth in your roles in
and out of Scouting. Likewise, there are several non-Baptists that
have recieved the Good Shepard Award, the Baptist's service award.
And like everything we talk about with regards to religious awards,
those in the Girl Scouts of the USA and other youth program may also
be nominated and recieve these awards as well. I know of several Girl
Scouting leaders that are the holders of the God and Service Award,
the Bronze Pelican Award, and the Shofar Award because of their
service to youth in their church and to other churches through their
Girl Scouting participation.
How to find out about the awards? The best way is to write to your
church body and ask. The second best way is to write to the
Religious Relationships Service at the BSA's National Office, and the
third best way is to ask your minister, priest, rabbi or religious
leader to find out if he or she has recieved information about the
award from their offices.
I had tried about two years ago to get a listing of ALL of the
requirements for all of the adult service awards, and got back a
letter that stated that the Religious Relationships Service can only
relay your letter to a church body for their response or application
materials and that the National Office don't keep anything on hand
other than the "generic" ones...they did send me Baptist,
Protestant/Episcopol(?)/Lutheran, Catholic, and the address of the
Jewish and LDS Churches to request materials from. I've also got
*somewhere around here* some materials I picked up from the Jamboree
on the same subject...it will take me some time to find it, if you
want a copy.
I hope that this answers the basic question for your committee and
yourself. If not, please let us all know!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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