Re: When is a "clic" a "clic"?
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 14:17:32 -0700
As a post script to my previous posting concerning awards, it is typical
that most Scouters are in Scouting for the joy of helping youth. One of
our very much beloved Scouters and a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Col. John
"Fuzz" Taylor who was active in both OA, Exploring and Jamborees for many
years used to say "the paydirt is the smile on the faces of the Scouts."
Nontheless everyone needs a "pat on the back" whether they think so or
not, and it is just good planning to see that such acknowledgements of
dedicated service are made.
Another famous veteran Scouter, James Francis "Buck" Burshears, founder
of the Koshare Indian Dancers of La Junta Colorado, who held a record of over
550 Eagle Scouts during his tenure, also had a great philosophy about
awards which I will relate in the next paragraph
(Buck had received just about everything there is to receive over the years
including Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, and
Distinguished Eagle Scout, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the
University of Colorado, and hosts of other citations during his career):
Some years ago, I had the good fortune to be made
an "Honorary Koshare" at one of the
Award Banquets. At Breakfast the next day, Buck hosted all of the
honorees, and said jokingly, but with a degree of certainty, so that we
all got the point "...Your award is not a gift, it's a 'license to work.."
So, I think most Scouters, if they don't already, should realize that awards
are given not only in recognition of exemplary effort for the Scouts, but
in an anticipation that
rewarding good service will encourage even more participation and effort
in the future. It's a "win-win" situation. Often even a small thank you
or acknowledgement of services in a court of honor program, or a public
acknowledgement go a long way in letting Scouters, and Scouts as well,
know that they are appreciated and that their efforts are worthwhile.
The problem seems to be in Scouting, and especially in our Society in
general, that we just tend to take good work for granted,
and are often surprised when Scouters seem to "burn out" or lose interest.
Sometimes it's for other legitimate reasons having to do with family and
employment, but sometimes, although it can't be measured or detected, it
can be just because no one ever took the time to say "thanks."
Newspapers and the media would much rather print a story of someone in
trouble that getting an award for good work, but every so often one of
these stories will make it through and what a joy it is to see such
recognition, especially if it's a Scout or a Scouter being recognized for
a notable effort.
Bob Amick, Exploring Chair, Arapahoe District, Longs Peak
Council, Boulder, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City