When to give the Badge Out...
Rob Morley (rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Fri, 14 Jul 1995 10:55:42 EDT
our committe is in te midst of a big discussion about when a badge should be
given out. Some of the committee members believe that the scout should
receive the award as soon as he earns it. Others believe that the scout
should not receive it immediatley, but wait until a court of honor, so that
it may be presented to him, in front of his parents, and others.
The following arguements have been made in favor of immediately giving the
badge to the scout:
It will provide an incentive for the scout, and show an instant
gratification for the work he has done. Asking the scout to wait two or
three months (at least), to receive a badge in unfair to the scout, who has
put in the time and effort to complete the work. In addition, if the badge
is, say second class, should the scout have to wait to display his new rank?
The following arguements are in favor of saving all awards until the Court of
If you give out all the awards at the scout meetings, then what do
you have to do at the Court Of Honor. It helps the parents realize the work
their son has been doing, and keeps that parents aware if their son is not
earning any awards. If you give out the badge at a Court of Honor, with all
that "pomp and circumstance", I think it makes the scout feel like he has
really accomplished something, especially when it is presented in fornt of a
large crowd of people.
I would appreciate any input on how other troops handle this, and any
suggested will be gratefully accepted.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City