Re: What all the awards?
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 31 May 1995 15:42:01 -0400
> 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 --
I've been a scouter for 2 years now. Bought my shirt. What to put on it?
Found that my Eagle knot fit, also my Webelos (now arrow of light), and
my youth religous award. So, I have a row of knots. Big deal.
Then, I find someone wants me to get trained. So I go to SM fundamentals
and get a TRAINED patch for my suffering. Suggested at SM fundamentals
that there is yet more training to get...
So, yes, I learn things and get more stuff to sew on my uniform. BUT the
training is the main thing. I have too short a life to pursue knots.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City