Re: When to give the Badge Out...
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 14:19:08 -0500
>Presentation in front of peers and familys emphasizes the importance
>of the award. Our SM makes a big deal (rightly so) of each award and
Immediate presentation in front of peers can be a significant event also.
It shouldn't be trivialized. The boy is brought before the troop and the
boys the Scoutmaster congratulates the boy. The other boys cheer and clap.
I have yet to see the boy not smile and be ecstatic about receiving their award.
>A scheduled awards banquet offers the boys a solit goal. There is
>usually a lot of activity with boys trying to meet those last few
>requirements in time to get a SM conference and BOR, or to complete
>a merit badge. Without a firm deadline, it seems like some of those
>requirements sometimes take considerably longer to complete.
Immediate recognition allows boys to progress at their own rate. It allows
them to develop internal motivation. Ultimately all boys who earn their
Eagle have to want it for themselves.
The converse of your statement is also true. Without a firm deadline,
sometimes the completion of the requirements can be considereably shorter.
Cases in point. We have 2 first year boys who have completed their First
Class within 7 months. One of these completed his Second Class July 6 and
his First Class July 18. One completed his Second Class June 29 and his
First Class July 18. The boys are working at their own pace and having an
arbitrary deadline doesn't enourage them to go faster. Instead it would
probably discourage them to know they have several months to wait for their
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City