Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: awards for retiring pack leaders
Re: awards for retiring pack leaders
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 16:12:51 -0600
I hope that if you get good responses, you will summarize
them to the list. I've seen several people state their interest,
and I'm interested, too. I was looking for something similar on
rec.scouting.usa, but garnered no interest.
We just had our Blue and Gold banquet, where our pack
traditionally has the CC reward all of the year's registered leaders.
For our leaders, I made a "record plaque" - it was a wooden plaque
(our pack had a bunch donated last year), painted blue or gold, with
a CD glued to it (shiny - non lettered - side out), and a label
"Thanks for a record year". On the CD, I lettered a song title that
was a popular song title or a parody of one, that made it appropriate
to their position (like, "Hungry like the Wolf", for a Wolf leader).
They seemed to like these.
Our Cubmaster just retired (er, "stepped back" - he is
sensitive about the word "retire") after 3 years as CM and 4 as CC.
There is a new Scout camp under construction in our area that is
partly funding itself by selling engraved bricks in a plaza area,
and the leaders chipped in to buy a brick in his name, from our
Pack. The council had a certificate for it that we handed to him
at Blue and Gold as we told him about it. He really liked that.
I'm leaving as CC (moving to CM, actually), and at the last
pack meeting, this same Cubmaster gave me a framed picture of a boy
by a lake with the saying under it that ends in "The World May Be
Different Because I Was Important In The Life of a Child". This meant
a lot to me because it was already one of my favorite quotes, and
because this was the first time I had received anything from the pack.
I guess the key thing is to target what type of thing that
leader is interested in. Our CM really likes the type of permanent,
public thing that our brick was. I appreciated the framed print
(about 4x6, postcard sized) with the quote on it. Most people will
like anything that shows that you put some thought into it, and some
of your time, whether or not it looks expensive. Although, the
person in charge of the banquet did suggest that I just give everyone
a certificate this year. I didn't at the time think that a certificate
showed enough personal time or personal thought, but, if that's what
she values, maybe that would be the best thing for me to give her
when she get recognized next...
YIS, Neal Smith, CM, Pack 1105, email@example.com
Tatanka District: "http://www.bsa.net/samhouston/tatanka/"
Sam Houston Area Council, Houston, Tx