Re: When is a "clic" a "clic"?
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 10:57:22 -0700
The issue of appropriate nominations and choices for awards is somewhat
pervasive. Our new District chair and I discussed this at our recent
meeting, and decided that a "blue ribbon" panel of Scouters ranging from
new to "not so new" Scouters should be recruited as a district
"awards and recognitions committee."
This panel would be a "standing" group that
operates year round and pursues nominations from units by actively
soliciting input from the unit leaders and committee chairs. Part of
their assignment will be to educate the units on the availability of the
awards and their criteria for selection, and then to ask the units who
might be worthy candidates. By maintaining a list of such unit Scouters,
awards can be considered on a "year-to-year" basis, so that if "Joe/Jean
Scouter" from "Troop XYZ" is not recognized during the current year,
(s)he can be recognized on the next pass.
Additionally the committee will seek input from district and council
level Scouters for recognition at that venue. Awards promotions will be
comprehensive, ranging from Scouter's training Awards,
Scoutmaster/CubMaster/Varsity Coach/Explorer Advisor Keys, Commissioner
Awards, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Exploring Spurgeon Award,
Explorer Leadership Award, Hornaday, James E. West Fellowship,
Distinguished Eagle Scout, George Meany Award, Heroism
and Awards of Merit for lifesaving, etc., and even special recognitions
at a district level. The Committee can then interface with or be a part
of the District and Council Annual Recognition Dinners, Unit Recognition
One of the biggest problems is that:
1. Scouters new to the program or even those who are veterans often
don't know what the requirements are or sometimes even unaware that the
award is available.
2. Scouters often don't know the procedure for nominating a worthy
individual, or know what documentation and formatting is needed or
desirable to support a worthy nomination successfully.
3. Inertia. Many worthy individuals are overlooked because someone was
"gonna do it, but never got around to it..."
By taking a proactive approach to awards nomination and having all the
unit branches represented at a district level on the awards committee,
which meets regularly and maintains files of participation and activity,
it will be much easier to ensure that those individuals who are truly
"giving their all" are likely to get appropriately recognized.
Since the committee will be composed a group of highly respected Scouters
from all levels, the possibility of intentional or inadvertant oversights
of worthy nominees will be greatly reduced. Additionally, the nomination
and selection process is being coordinated by a standing group assigned to
that function, and not as an occasional, or once in a Scouting career event.
Therefore, the experience and wisdom of the combined group can be brought
to bear to ensure fairness and thoroughness in the awards selection process.
I am optimistic that this process will greatly enhance the recognition of
appropriate Scouters on a timely basis.
Bob Amick, District Exploring Chair,
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council, Boulder, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City