Re: What all the awards?
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (Freemason@AOL.COM)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 23:51:13 -0400
I have been following the brouhaha over adults and awards. If I recall
correctly, this whole thread started over the Roundtable Staff no longer
earning Arrowhead Honor recognitions. Then it got into a criticism of
"trophy hunters" who are in it for the personal glory, rather than to provide
a program to the boys.
Now, the thread appears to be going into a bashing session against District
and Council Scouters. I have been in Scouting, both as a boy and adult, for
well nigh on 20 years now, and I heard this same argument then - only the
To quote Groucho, "I resemble that remark!" My shirt is far from blank in
those places where adult leaders wear their kudos, but I am also far from the
Russian General look that I have seen elsewhere.
Far as I am concerned, if it is earned, it is to be worn. I liked Rodger
Morris' posting about the First Class Scout who called his bluff. Makes me
wonder what kind of message we are giving the boys when some of us get
arrogant about not applying for and not wearing adult recognitions because
"we are in it for the boys."
Now, some of these postings were about adult leaders, especially Scoutmasters
who were in the program long enough to have personally shook hands with James
E. West not having their Scouter's Keys. That is usually because they did
not want to keep track of the danged performance requirements! Well, I have
bad news, that's no excuse, folks. When you go through training, you are
told that you are on your own in applying for the "training" awards (which
also award performance and tenure).
Sometimes a unit Committee Chairman who is on the ball applies for that
longtime Scouter on his behalf, but not as often as I personally would like
I am currently working with a Troop whose Scoutmaster has several years of
tenure as a youth and adult Scout leader. He earned his Eagle, and went
through Wood Badge, but did not complete his Ticket for health and
occupational reasons. He has _staffed_ several boy Scout leader training
sessions, but he has never applied for his Scout leader training
recognitions. Why? It is something that is low on his list of priorities -
he has a troop to oversee.
BTW, he does a pretty good job of training his Junior leaders to lead the
Now, his Committee Chairman is getting on the stick & applying for the
recognitions on this man's behalf. I hope that the District Committee does
the right thing in his case. He has not been arrogant about it - that is not
My point is, don't tar all of us who wish to publicly proclaim the awards we
have been given when earned - some of us aren't trophy hunters. Likewise,
not all District and Council Scouters are in it for the recognition. But, if
you think their jobs are cushy, then try them out some time :)
Randy Spradling, P.E.
(and a good ole Owl, too)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City