scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Important Update
Darryl Hammill (darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET
Mon Feb 07 2000 - 10:07:36 CST
This is an update in reference to my posts on Friday; i.e. "Very
Important", "What is Active Participation?" and "What is Active -
First off, I want to express my deepest appreciation for all the
wonderful advice on this thorny subject. It was indeed very helpful.
And, while this is an old subject no one lost their temper with me as I
dealt with this issue. I suppose the real question may be, why do we
have to keep revisiting this issue?
Here is the outcome:
1) The young man did not receive his AOL with his peers. He did cross
over to our Troop. We are delighted to have him with us - and he will
hit the road running.
2) The District Commissioner and the District Advancement Chair are on
record that this was not "by the book". That the Pack was totally wrong.
But, that in the spirit of civility last night was not the time or place
to force their will on the Pack. I agree with this.
3) The District Commissioner, the Cub Master from this young man's
Pack., and the Committee Chairman from the Pack will be all at our
Troop's meeting tonight to present this young man the Arrow of Light he
rightfully deserves. While he may not be doing this in front of or with
his peers - he will be given hearty congratulations by his new Troop.
Many Scouts of the Troop have their AOL, so they will understand the
significance of this accomplishment.
So, I suppose, in the end this is a win for what is right. I wonder,
however, if this is a hollow victory - he did not stand with his peers.
To me that is a shame. I am nevertheless very happy that he will receive
his AOL. Enough said about this matter.
Here is an interesting caveat to this story. I found out yesterday that
this young man was such a go getter that he had actually completed all
of his AOL requirements two months ago. Yet, he was forced to wait to
receive credit for the award. That can't be "by the book". If he earned
an award as important as AOL why would he not been awarded it? Is there
some Pack rule I am unaware of that precludes a Pack from awarding
accomplishments immediately? I remain confused.