Re: Camp Anecdotes and award
Rob Morley (rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Thu, 24 Aug 1995 10:48:29 EDT
Regarding the questionable idea of awards "negative" awards:
If it is set up properly, and everyone understands that it is a "joke
award, then I think it is OK. However, I would suggest asking the committee,
or the SM and ASM's their opinion as to whether the scout can "handle" the
publicity of the award. I think most alder scouts are fairly secure in their
knowledge of scout-lore, can can handle an occasional ribbing.
However, it should be soley reseverd for older scouts and scouters.
It also serves a secondary purpose of reminding the younger scouts, in a fun
way, to remember ro bring their sleeping bag, and not to lose you canteen.
I know that our troop, in the past, has given a few "Fun" awards to
scouts and scouters for their efforts, as well as their unfortunate mishaps.
I myself have been given the Pyromaniac award last year because of my ability
to get a fire going, after about a weeks worth of rain. (Note: no accelerants
were used. Just a homemade wax fire starter.) This is a funny. but
encouraging award. And the new/younger scouts will remember that I am a
"Pyromaniac", and they will want to learn how to build fires in the
rain.(This also gives me the opportunity to teach fire safety, without it
sounding like a lecture.)
Old Colony Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City