Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Reminder for Recognitions
Reminder for Recognitions
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 23:30:29 -0500
Went shopping today and already the merchants are geared up for the
Christmas season. Made me think that it is going to start getting awfully
busy before too very long. As we move into the season pressures on our time
may mount up, so it may be a good idea to think about a special gift now
before we get to busy.
What this? He's flipped right? Nope, I'm talking about a simple gift that
any of you can give. It's called recognition of the efforts of fellow
Scouters for the sacrifices they've made to help out their Scouts.
You see, in most Councils nominations for some pretty important awards must
be submitted before too long. In many Councils nominations for the Silver
Beaver award are due at the end of December and nominations for the District
Award of Merit are due in January.
If you have a dedicated Scouter of long tenure that has really gone the
extra mile to be of service, you may want to ask for a nomination form at
your local Scout Service Center. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest
honor given to an adult Scouter by a Council. Nationally recipients have an
average of 11 years tenure and have made contributions at the Council,
District, and Unit level. The District Award of Merit recognizes
outstanding contributions at a District level. There is no requirement for
either award that a Scouter have filled a particular position. So get out
your pens and write up a nomination, if you know a deserving person.
Similarly, most religious organizations have an adult award for outstanding
service to youth, Scouting, and the religious organization. If you know of
an adult leader who has been active in his/her religious organization and
has given outstanding service, you may want to consider a nomination for
this individual. Tenure requirements vary by religious organization. For
more information contact your Council's Religious Relationships Committee.
There are many other adult training and achievement recognitions in Scouting
as well. If you have adult leaders that meet the requirements, take the
time to give them the gift of recognition.
And even if they don't meet the requirements yet, special homemade
recognitions, certificates, and fun awards are always appreciated.
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (email@example.com)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA