Re: Camp Anecdotes and award
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Thu, 24 Aug 1995 23:52:11 -0700
>Robert suggest to adopt the award invented by Alan (FORGET...).
>However, I wonder if it is allowed to give a "negative" award. I do
>understand that in scouting is much better to encourage in positive forms.
>May be a private punishment is necessary but a public recognition of your
>faults could beat strongly to some sensitive souls.
You are quite correct that public ridicule would be out of place at any time.
But, as another suggested, this award is intended to be a gentle poking of
fun at the most experienced members of the troop. As the originator of the
award and the one who selects the awardees, I am very conscious of the
ability of a potential recipient to accept it in the good natured spirit it
is intended, and I would not award it to anyone who might be offended or hurt
by it. I have even awarded it to myself.
As I mentioned, only the most experienced Scouts and leaders have received it
or will ever receive it. The point being made is that even someone with a
lot of Scouting and camping experience still has to remember to take along
the basic equipment like a sleeping bag.
It also allows the younger Scouts an opportunity not to feel too bad about
forgetting something less important.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
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