Service Stars and the Insignia Police
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Tue, 27 Feb 1996 10:17:31 +0900
It is amazing how long this thread has gone on, over a small piece of tin
and a plastic disk that together cost less than 25 cents. All sorts of
arcane rules and lengthy discussions have been put forth about Tiger Cub
parents and 9 months/12 months and combined/adult-only years of service
and on and on and on. It has been a nit-pickers paradise. Yet when was
the last time a DE or someone from the Council came by and did a service
star audit? Has Ed McMahon added a new twist to his sweepstakes that
adds a million dollars to the prize if you have more service stars than
your neighbor? Does St. Peter issue you additional gold bricks when you
get to the Pearly Gates if you have a certain number of service stars?
I'm not upset about the discussion, just curious. Do you put as much time
and effort into the _PROGRAM_ for the _boys_ as you put into worrying
about service stars? If a boy bridges from Webelos II to Boy Scouts in
April, yet receives a 4-year pin for Cub Scouts (even though he didn't
make it the full year to the following September), is the program damaged?
If a Tiger Cub parent gets a 1-year pin for being a partner and taking an
active interest in a program with his or her child, will the Insignia Police
swoop down with lights flashing and sirens blaring to haul off the
Cubmaster for wrongly issuing a pin? We aren't talking about handing out
Eagle badges to anyone who walks in the door, we're talking about a very
minor part of the Scouting program.
Please, folks, put it into perspective before you engage in fisticuffs.
Bruce in Blacksburg Webelos II Den Leader, Pack 56
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