Re: District Award of Merit after Silver Beaver
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 20:45:13 -0500
Judy Polak asked us all:
>Is there any reason why someone who has the Silver Beaver award can >not
receive the District Award of Merit?
No. Just like there's nothing that says that a Scouter CANNOT receive more
than one District/Division Award of Merit; just like there's nothing now
that says that professional Scouters cannot receive the District Award of
Merit (or the Silver Beaver for that matter).
Your Council's bylaws may specifically state that a Silver Beaver reciepient
cannot receive the District Award of Merit, but I doubt that this is the
case either. Just like with the recent discussion on the positioning of
unit volunteers onto District Committees, it becomes a question of how much
you (and others) in your District want to "push the envelope" and make the
system work for you.
>Is this a true interpretation of policy?
There's NOTHING in the BSA's Rules and Regulations (which cover the service
awards of the BSA) that says anything about "once you've received something,
you can't receive anything "under that"". In that case, those that have
received the Silver Antelope or Silver Buffalo Awards cannot get the Silver
Beaver, which doesn't happen......in most cases, if a Scouter receives the
Silver World, Antelope and/or Buffalo Awards prior to getting the Silver
Beaver Award ends up getting a Silver Beaver Award sometime later on down
(for those with the scratchy-heads....the Silver World recognizes non-BSA
individuals for national or international service to youth; the Silver
Buffalo recognizes registered Scouters and others for national service to
youth; the Silver Antelope recognizes registered Scouters and others for
regional service to youth; the Silver Beaver recognizes registered Scouters
for local Council service; and the District or Exploring Division Award of
Merit recognizes service to youth while a registered member of that District
or Division...all of these awards are nominative in nature)
Take a look at your Council's Bylaws (ask for a copy of them from your
Council office; read it if they won't (and some won't) allow you to have a
copy) and see for yourself. And then, continue to nominate this person for
the District Award of Merit, and ask others that feel the same way to do the
same. Eventually, this will "send that message" to the nominating committee
that "you can't make stuff up as you go along...there are some basic rules,
they are written and everyone should be following them".
Hope this helps, Judy....
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