Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Leader Recognition Knots
Leader Recognition Knots
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 08:56:56 -0600
The question was raised regarding a leader filing for 3 leader awards at
I'm in my fourth year as a trainer and my first year as district training
chair. Our district gives out relatively few leader awards (probably due to
leader ignorance or their failure to complete the paperwork), so we are
happy to award as many as we can. Giving an award to a leader often makes
other leaders in the respective pack aware that such a program exists. If
the pursuit of a piece of cloth can motivate leaders, then the scouting
experience is improved by what the other leaders learn and do. As another
benefit, a leader wearing several knots is a walking billboard for attending
Perhaps the bottom line is if you liken the leader requirements to those for
scouts, you can't require anything more nor anything less. Since the leader
requirements don't speak to an expiration timeframe, one can't be added.
Carrying further this comparison to the scouts, would anyone dare deny a boy
his Eagle simply because he completed all requirements but waited a year or
two to get his paperwork completed?
Maybe another way to look at it is that the leader has put a lot of time in
scouting to earn 3 awards. If he/she did everything to earn the awards,
he/she enhanced the boys' experiences a great deal. Presenting him/her with
3 strips of cloth is a very miniscule way of saying thanks.