What all the awards?
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Wed, 31 May 1995 05:54:39 -0400
Just my quick thoughts on why all the adult awards in the BSA.
In other countries, specifically the UK, one _must_ complete Woodbadge
within a certain period of time or your warrant is pulled. If you don't
complete the _mandatory_ training you're politely shown the door.
In the US, BSA specifically, training is _not_ mandatory. The attitudes
that prevail in the UK as regards volunteer service would not be tolerated
here, IMO. So we encourage training with a plethora of awards and badges to
earn. Americans seem to like recognition, so we give plenty of it. If, in
an effort to earn all those knots, the Scouter gets some good training --
As an aside, you can tell from the knots one wears his experience and
"credentials." You can also gauge what their point of view may be based
upon the awards they have earned.
Personally, I take special notice of a few of the awards: the red, white
and blue knot of an Eagle Scout, the red and green knot of an Arrow of Light
recipient. These two mean the leader was active as a Scout and attained the
two highest awards in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. They can speak from
experience, because they once were Scouts themselves. Being an OA adviser,
I also pay special attention to those I see wearing the Distinguished
Just my 2c...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City