Re: MB time limit/blue cards
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 13:30:21 -0500
Greg Walters asked:
>Does any one know if, once a patrol earns the BADEN-POWELL >PATROL award,
it can be taken away?
Kinda hard to do, Greg, since the actual award is a small patch to go on
the field uniform. Yeah, I guess you could do it in something like what
Chuck Connors had to go through in the opening credits of "Branded"
(for those suffering from "Scratchy-head syndrome", here's relief: Connors
played a Army officer that was accused of a crime (I think he was absent
without leave or that he was a coward or something). The command to which
he belonged to literally stood him up in a formation,
stripped his ranks from his shoulders, and broke his saber (sword) and
sent him on his way outside the gates of the fort. He then spends the rest
of his life (and the series) avenging his fate and eventually convincing the
Army that no, he didn't commit the crime and yes, he's still a good man.
I enjoyed the series, which was shown on ABC for several years before my
family went to Germany and which is still shown on cable and in syndication
somewhere (not around here in Kentucky), because it showed that a person
"doesn't need uniforms or status to prove he's a man".)
But then, it would be just as embarassing to them as it would be to Connors.
Instead of "taking the badge back", Greg, how about working with the Patrol
toward a NEW GOAL...using the Baden-Powell star as a baseline.
Part of what I'm hearing you say is that your older boys and leadership is
bored with the existing structure and wants something better.
And how about having THEM to plan what the award's going to be??
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