Re: Adult recognition
George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Tue, 6 Jun 1995 16:56:35 -0600
Following up the recognition thread. How do you encourage
recognition of unit level people? For those interested, here are
some thoughts. At the Award of Merit level, in my district, 7/10
recipients in the last five years were unit associated (though
they often helped on district events). For the Silver Beaver,
4/14 were primarily unit people, 4/14 did both (including the
current council president), and 6/14 were primarily
district/council people (all of whom had spent time in the
Selection of the committee is crucial. We keep track of who has
served each year, and strive for measured continuity and measured
change. Bringing the recent awardees on is significant, they are
close to the people working with boys.
The following procedure is (more or less) followed in our
district for Award of Merit. The district chairman appoints a
committee chairman. The committee chairman selects four other
members, and one or two alternates. Consideration is given to
representation from Cubbing, Scouting, Exploring, District level,
smaller towns, women, and the most recent recipients.
Committee members should feel a responsibility to get the maximum
number of nominations for the Award, and should assist in the
preparation of nominations if necessary.
The specific board meeting date should be about four weeks before
the district dinner. The board may wish to discuss before the
selection process: tenure, quality of service, those who prefer
to work at the unit level, and avoiding the "old hands" clique.
Any obvious missing nominations should be discussed, and where
appropriate, it may be necessary to expand on some nominations.
A rating form may be used to _assist_ the committee members in
making their selections. Members rate the nominees and make
their choices. Each member will vote for no more than the
allowable number of awards. In the event of a tie for the last
available award, those tied will have their folders reviewed and
a runoff ballot held. (The rating form identifies five areas of
interest: Tenure, Scouting positions, Scouting service,
community service, religious participation. Ratings of 1
(average), 2 (above average), 3 (superior) may be used to help.
Some like the form, some don't, it is not required.)
Unsuccessful nominations should be retained for the next year,
and year-old nominations should be considered each year, making
sure the person is still active.
The committee prepares a presentation ceremony, including the
reading of a citation. The citations and a list of other
awardees are distributed after the ceremony.
We know who has the Award of Merit and Silver Beaver because we
have published the list on the back of our district and council
awards programs since each was started. Thus, once a year,
everyone can review who has what, if they wish, and put it in
The generic nomination forms are inadequate in some people's
opinions. Based on a pretty good form from Longs Peak Council,
we have plagarized/modified to what we think is a better one. If
you are interested, let me know, I will mail a copy to you.
____'/____ George Crowl
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