Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: District Award of Merit question
Re: District Award of Merit question
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 23:58:44 EST
>I am interested in knowing who sits on your committees that decide upon
>recipients for your District's Award of Merit. Do you require that DAM
>committee members be previous recipients of the award, or are there other
>requirements? And is there an official BSA policy on this?
I have served as the chairman of our District Award of Merit selection
committee for the past 5 years. The procedure I utilized was to ask past
District Award of Merit recipients to be on the selection committee. I was
of the belief that it was required the committee consist of DAM recipients.
Additionally I asked the District Chairman and the District Executive to
attend as non-voting advisors to the committee.
However, I discovered the above procedure, is not that which is authorized by
BSA. BSA policy states:
1. Annual, district chairman will appoint a temporary special District Award
of Merit committee of not more than five persons who will consider all
candidates and make recommendations of those to receive the award to the
council through the Scout Executive.
2. The Scout Executive will inform the District chairman of those
nominations approved by the council committee.
So the answer as to who the District Chairman appoint is up the sole
discretion of the District Chr. I would urge the District Chr. to utilize
previous award winner who can (should) appreciate the significance of the
award. But clearly this is not mandatory.
Or at least that is my opinion.
Eagle Dist. Awards Committee Chr.