Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Point System for recognition
Re: Point System for recognition
Ray Sayah Jr.
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 17:34:52 -0800
Jim et al,
My troop has uses a similar system. We track attendance at service
events, outings, fundraisers and meetings. each event is worth one point
except service projects and outings, which are worth two points. At the end
of the year, the scibe totals the points and calculates what percentage of
the total points each boy recieved. (we don't track uniforms at meetings,
sometimes the SPL holds surprise inspections and gives candy rewards to
anyone who qualifies (50 points is perfect and qualifying)) The committee
allocates an amount of the annual budget to go into scout accounts, maybe a
pool of $1500 or so. Then each scout may use their 'percentage' of the pool
which is taken from the points system. typically, a Scout manages to spend
att 30-50 dollars by tthe end of the next year. The money can be spent for
summer camp, 50 milers, camporee, winter camp, or re-charter. This is quite
a program and I like it a lot.
A note: while recognition is great. We need to watch judging Scouts
against each other and instead judge them for the amount of work that THEY
do. having 1st 2nd and 3rd place is ok, but if scout A works as hard as
scout B but is seperated by a few points, do we pass him up and say- "try
harder next time?"
I believe that this is an advanced BSA principle. I see it in OA ceremonial
judging. Since sometime in the 80's- teams (at the Nat'l OA Conference) are
judged by individual achievement and not by the standard established by
So perhaps, anyone who has above 30 points is an award winner and everyone
else gets a lesser award. This idea is competition vs. performance
Yours in Scouting,
Ray Sayah Jr.
ASM, Troop 309
p.s.-"Hell" right back to you!
Our troop wants to institute a point system which will track each boy's
participation in activities, attendance at meetings and merit badge
and rank advancement.
We were thinking of awarding a certain number of points points for
each meeting and troop activity attended, wearing of the uniform,
each merit badge earned, and rank advancement. We will then
calculate the maximum number of points available at the end of they
year and award special T shirts to the boys who achieved 85% or more of the
maximum points available. This way the boys who are not able to
attend each meeting have other ways of being recognized. It would
also give us a way to evaluate boys for various leadership positions.
My question is are any of you currently using such a system and if so
how do you weigh each of the activities in awarding points. Thanks
for your help.