Re: When to give the Badge Out...
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Fri, 14 Jul 1995 16:24:58 -0500
>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.
It is strongly recommended in all BSA training courses in SHAC and I've seen
it in some national literature to follow the principle of instant recognition.
Our unit hands the badge out at the end of the next meeting. If the boy's
parents want to see the cloth badge presented, they are always welcome to
sit in. The boys get applause from the other boys. The card for the rank
is presented at the next COH. Then the adults get to applaude the boy.
I know one unit that waits. Two boys in that unit privately told me that
they would rather get the badge immediately.
It's also pretty aggravating to a first year boy to keep explaining that
he's really a first class or a second class instead of a Tenderfoot.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City