Re: Award knots and the medals they represent
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 16:41:51 -0500
Norman MacLeod wrote:
> This thread is starting to border on the ridiculous. What
> difference do all of these knots and medals make in the lives
> of the young people we are all supposed to be helping? I
> was under the impression that our greatest reward SHOULD
> be when the kids we are working with grow into adults with a
> healthy outlook on life and an ingrained sense of what it
> means to help others and be fair to all.
> But then, I may be just a wee bit old fashioned in thinking that
> B-P was someone who would not wish us to be niggling over
> where the cussed little things go or how many of them you
> should wear at one time.
> Since everyone seems to have a different version of what the
> rules are for wearing the knots and medals, why not just leave
> the things in a drawer or on a wall at home (that's what I do).
> After all, what do you feel when you compare a scrap of cloth
> to service well done for another?
Oh, lighten up, Norman. While I agree with you (and, I suspect, the
majority of Scouters) that the precise placement and proper display of
adult awards is a somewhat trivial matter, there are quite a few current
and former military personnel (and military wanna-be's) among the
Scouter ranks, who have rather strong feelings that if you're going to
wear the uniform with awards, it should be done "right." ("Do Your
Best" comes to mind.) Most of this thread has focused on what is
"right," and I am hard pressed to say those who are concerned with those
issues don't have a right (no pun intended!) to discuss the issue.
The other part of the thread (and your post) has more meat -- why
Scouters are Scouters. One of the best posters (sorry, I forgot who)
candidly admitted being in it for himself, as well as the boys.
Frankly, I am somewhat suspicious of "selfless" motives, and am much
more comfortable with a Scouter who openly and obviously gets personal
enjoyment and satisfaction from his or her commitment to Scouting.
There may be some who are just in it for the knots and pins (as some
Scouts sometimes seem overly focused on the awards), but most of us DO
derive our satisfaction from making the Scout's program possible. We
all enjoy recognition from our collegues for a job well done, and if
some Scouters get a bit anal-compulsive about it -- well, a little
compassion to mix with your bemusement would seem a good response!
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City