Re: What all the awards? & adult recognition
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 08:36:51 -0400
On Sat, 3 Jun 1995, Michael F. Bowman wrote:
> Your comment "Big deal" concerning the knots you have awards you earned as
> a youth troubles me. When you earned the Arrow of Light, Eagle and your
> religious emblem how did you feel then? Didn't you have a sense of
> accomplishment? Be honest now! :-)
Oh, sure. As a youth, I felt on top of the world when I earned the awards
and was given them. But, as an adult leader, I don't feel that these
youth awards (or youth experiences, for that matter) prepared me for being
a scouter. So my "big deal" comment was implying that I'm no better as an
ASM for having the row of knots to wear. And, in the context of the
discussion (scouters looking for knot earning opportunities), my knots
earned as a youth are irrelevant.
> As a leader you are unwittingly setting yourself up as a role-model -
> someone that the Scouts can look up to. If they know that you valued your
> awards earned as a youth, it will sends a positive message reinforcing
> their advancement work. Similarly, if you are too good to wear them or
> don't think of them as having value, they'll pick up on this too.
Don't worry. I wear them. And encourage the scouts to earn and wear
> Its not a question of wearing knots to promote yourself or your ego. The
> idea is to use it as a vehicle to encourage your Scouts to want to attain
> the same accomplishments. Display the carrot! They generally like to get
> awards and if this helps motivate them, great!
Advancement is one of the 8 scouting methods. The awards demonstrate
> In any unit its important to call attention to volunteer contributions and
> reward them. Home-made special awards are a great way to say thanks and
> do a lot for leader retention. After a leader has served for awhile and
> has qualified for more formal recognition; e.g. Cubmaster Knot, Den Leader
> Knot, Scouter's Key, etc., someone on the Unit Committee should make sure
> that the paperwork gets turned in to assure that this leader gets
This assumes a Unit Committee that actually exists, rather than 3 people
whose name is put on the charter. Yes, it should be up to some adult to
track what the other adult leaders have done and what formal recognitions
are appropriate. It shouldn't be up the the SM to put himself in for the
Scoutmaster's Key, for example.
> that helps promote the program. And if in wearing the knots you give
> encouragement to one Scout or show another leader that volunteers are
> appreciated keeping that leader there helping the Scouts, is it worth it?
> You bet!
As a relatively new scouter, I'm not afraid to ask what all the knots are
on others' uniforms. Asking is a great way to introduce myself to someone
who has been around the block a couple of times, anyway.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City