scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Awards and Recognitions time!!!
Tue Nov 02 1999 - 10:24:09 CST
Folks, I realize every council is different in their schedule, but realize
this is the time to get together the people you know and get applications in
for awards. Now, we should all be learning that this is one flow, from Tiger
Cub to Venturing, so get with it and learn that yes!, even you can nominate
someone who is deserving for a Venturing or Exploring award:
Venturing Leadership Award -- you must know someone at your council level who
might be eligible. Heck, #1 son Matt was home a week and we identified four
youth and two adults from the council and I'm sitting here trying to get info
together on them.
But also consider you can nominate people for this award at the Regional and
National level. (Ha! Bob Amick now knows why I asked how he got his National
Exploring Leadership Award!) The applications need to be completed,
supporting documents acquired, in some cases letters of reference,
recommendations from schools, clubs, etc. Plus for the Venturing Leadership
Award you need a 200 word essay on why the person should receive the award,
and they are hoping for more than "I think (s)he's a good gal/guy".
We've got people in Venturing who are developing things for training and
other use for their councils and we share it all, someone needs to recognize
them at one of these levels. If you have outstanding Venturers, get the
Venturing Leadership Award form from your council office and make the
Remember, this is for both youth and adults.
Young American Award - Every council should be putting up one name to
National, if you've got an outstanding youth you need to do this. Yeah, it's
administered by Exploring, but the award is for youth 15-25 (check that) and
it requires even MORE information and letters and references and such. And it
does not have to be someone from Scouting if you have somebody at work or
The top ones get $5000 to spend as they wish. Get the form and see if you
have someone who should qualify. Even if they do not get the national award
and the money they could get a nice plaque and a good phrase to add to
applications for schools and jobs: "Chosen Young American of the XYZ Council".
Hey, I believe the info has to be at National on either 12/15 or 1/15, so get
the apps and get going!
District Award of Merit - *if I understood correctly*, this is the last year
Explorer Advisors can receive it (check, I could be wrong). If so, see if
there is someone who has been passed over for years. You might be surprised.
I know I was last year when I was looking for Explorers to nominate.
But you might also have Venturing Advisors who deserve it. Theres a national
form thats nice and clean and simple, so of course some councils try to turn
things into something hard and use something else they made up themselves.
Get the form you need.
Exploring Leadership Award - Tell me there weren't some Explorers someplace
who practiced leadership, I dare ya. There may be someone you can nominate.
Last year they told me this would be the last year for this award, so I had
the SE order medals on spec (hope he actually did). National had told me that
when they ran out of medals they would make something else, like a plaque or
something to give out. Of course I worked on Venturing ever since and haven't
had the chance to check back. Anything I say on this one could be changed by
Spurgeon Award - The Spurgeon Award recognizes long-term service to Exploring
and can be given to both individuals (who also can wear a knot) and
organizations (who just get a piece of Spurgeon's headstone worthy of showing
off in their office area). So if you know an Advisor who is eligible or a
company get started.
Last I saw there WAS NO FORM, and each council was supposed to develop their
own. You're on your own with this one.
And besides all of that:
Adult Religious recognitions - Hey, Scout Sunday is coming up and some of
these awards are presented for services done for the church and/or for
Scouting. Each religion is different. But you should seriously consider
getting an application and submitting someone if you feel there is someone
who is eligible.
Some of these take a good chunk of work to gather information, others are a
set of standards that must be met. Look up the information for your
religion's award and see if there isn't an adult who deserves it in your unit.
And many of these adult religious recognitions are woefully underused. I get
a report of the numbers presented each year around February and am always
wondering why more people don't try to get it for their fellow leaders.