For Laurie - waiting on advancement
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 14:53:32 -0600
Laurie, I am going to suggest a "quick fix" to your waiting to give out
awards versus giving them now. Might get flamed but I've used it a
couple times successfully and it might cause a coup started by the boys
that will get your CM to move on this subject. (Flame suit on! <g>))
Give the award during a den meeting and do it with great pomp and
circumstance, do one dynamite ceremony, fake campfire, dark room - give it
your best shot. Let the committee know that "this child" can't wait for
the next "adult appropriate moment". I've done this on occassion where it
would be a Pack Meeting or two before recognition could be given - we
don't, for instance, have an Awards Ceremony the Pack meeting we have the
Pinewood derby - nor do we have "formal" meetings in the summer. BUT ...
it can be just as meaningful to the child to get the award BEFORE the
Parade, AFTER the Parade, at a family camp or even a den meeting. I do
ask that the child be formally recognized at the next "adult appropriate
moment" (Pack Meeting). I've done this for one of my Scouts who, for no
fault of HIS own, couldn't make the Appropriate Pack meeting (sick one
time, no family to bring him once). Rather than make him wait and risk
demotivating him, we did a special ceremony at the den meeting. Invite
his mom and dad to it.
Heresy, I know, but I think it it's sucessful and the other dens see
"your" boys having their rank and not waiting, things may change in a
hurry. AH, peer pressure. Use it positively when you can!
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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