Silver Buffalo to the President
Thomas Heavey, Sr. (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Sat, 2 Aug 1997 00:49:11 -0700
However, I was shocked when
the Boy Scout leadership presented Mr. Clinton with the Silver Buffalo
award. Unless I have not been paying attention, Mr. Clinton has not
done anything PERSONALLY to merit this highest award that Scouting has
to offer. If we want to have a symbolic award, it should be separate
from an award we present to people who have given of THEIR OWN time
and energy for youth.)
The silver Buffalo is an award presented for service to youth, not
necessarily to scouting. The President has innumerable credentials
documenting his service to youth. My signature block gives away some of my
bias, but based on the President's creation of AmeriCorps alone, he is
deserving of the award. He has stuck his neck out, time and again, for
service to the community. The Presidents' Summit (yes, the apostrophe is in
the correct place, plural possesive - all living presidents were sponsors)
is a prime example of his committment and his work for youth and for
service. No, AmeriCorps is not the only way to do service. it is ONE way.
Stipended volunteers are still volunteers. Their living allowance (pay) is
less than minimum wage. (And no one says our members of the armed forces -
and I am one of those, too, are not volunteers. We get paid.) In many
places AmeriCorps and the BSA are working together. I know of one council
who secured an AmeriCorps position, selected a 19 year old eagle, and this
Scouter served as a member of the council staff, recruited new cubs and boy
scouts and then during the summer, served as finance director of Summer Camp.
The President is a man who works hard to make this country better for young
people and all of us. Some like the ways he works at it, some don't like
his ways. Heck, I don't like the way my Council ran summer camp. That
doesn't mean I leave scouting or say the Council staff aren't good scouts.
I just vote with my feet, by choosing another council's camp. Those who
don't like the President's way of working for the benefit of children, can
vote with their ballots. And son of a gun - we had the chance to do that.
Please don't flame me for making political statements. These are no more
political than pointing out that the Air Force is a worthwhile organization
and suggesting ways Scouts can work together with them for common objectives.
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