Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: The ethics of buying an award, i.e James West
Re: The ethics of buying an award, i.e James West
Kirk and Nena Barley
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 11:40:00 -0500
I agreed with your thrust when the JE West Award first surfaced.
> we couldn't agree on the ethics of buying an award such as a square knot, which up until this one, had
> to be earned or awarded for above and beyond services, as in sweat and hours and years of tenure.
Since then, I have found it to be a great tool. We just recognized our
outgoing Committee Chairman. He had toiled for years unrecognized.
Some of us in the Troop and Church got our funds together and gave him
this award. It can be a much clearer message of appreciation than other
Scouting Awards. I've been in Districts where you had to wait your turn
and be really nice to everyone regardless of your efforts to get
significant recognition. With the JE West, someone knows that their
friends and supporters felt strongly enough to raise money for Scouting
in their name.
Considering how Thrifty Scouters are, a $1000 is a strong message:-)
(I did not worry about using the Knot form since almost every award has
a Knot representing it.)
Virginia Beach UMC
Virginia Beach, VA