Awards are important
Ted Sarah (lwggaian@SIERRA.NET)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 10:43:02 -0700
I have found the discussion on BSA Awards very interesting. Awards IMHO serve
a very valuable purpose. It shows that the efforts of parents and other
volunteers are appreciated. If I've managed to talk a parent into being a den
leader, going to training sessions, and after a couple of years they've earned
a knot or other award it's a token of a job well done.
Many times over the past couple of years I've presented den leader awards to
my den leaders who didn't know they'd earned them. Over the time period they
have been leaders they get very little thanks from the boys and their parents.
If you look at the awards as a way of saying thank you, instead of a badge of
honor it adds a whole new meaning.
Most books for recruiting and KEEPING volunteers will tell you that one of the
most important aspects is recognition. You have to let these people know they
are appreciated. Nothing will run a volunteer off quicker than making them
feel used or unappreciated.
Are there some Scouters who wear their knots and awards as a badge to hold
over peoples heads, you bet there are. And that's their problems and they are
missing out on an important lesson. But let us not forget the average
volunteer, who puts in their "one hour a week."
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