Re: Silver Beaver Nomination Process
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 21:27:15 -0500
For every ten Scouters that would like to be honored before their
colleagues, I would guess that there are only one or two that will ever
write a recommendation for another Scouter for an award. And there are
many more that just aren't interested in getting awards or worrying about
who get them. As a result there are lots of deserving and committed
Scouters that never get the full measure of recognition that they really
deserve for the fine work they do.
I've yet to run into an awards committee that didn't wish for more
nominations and/or one that didn't have to fish for a few nominations for
some really deserving person.
If in your Council the nominations weren't coming in I would expect that
volunteers would shake the bushes a bit to get some. If that failed or
didn't happen I would hope that one of professionals would help out too
by encouraging nominations of worthy individuals.
Ultimately the awards committee will make the final recommendation and it
will go up to the Scout Executive for review. In the case of the Silver
Beaver it will go from the Scout Executive to National for final review.
Both volunteers and professionals play a role in the process. Sometimes
professionals may have to turn up the burner to get things going, if only
a trickle of nominations are coming in. Or worse, if the only
nominations are for good folks, but ones who have done far less than
others who weren't nominated that clearly should be getting recognized.
Your staff may have been a little heavy handed in how they did it, but I
wouldn't rush to the conclusion that it was out of line. We are all in
it together and should be working together to see that our best people
are recognized for their dedication to service.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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