scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Important Update
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM
Mon Feb 07 2000 - 12:11:56 CST
> Is there
> some Pack rule I am unaware of that precludes a Pack from awarding
> accomplishments immediately? I remain confused.
Back when I was a Cubmaster, one of the hardest things was to generate
enough ceremonies, complete with props, to be able to award the same
rank multiple time during the year and to keep it fresh. I always gave
the den leaders the GOAL to complete that year's rank by the B&G. It's
a good target but some boys will finish earlier and some later.
The easy and lazy thing to do is to have just ONE fancy ceremony for
each rank and to put on that show at the B&G. It's also a lazy thing
to force a child into the adults' schedule. I'm just as guilty as
other (or should I say more guilty) to saying "just a minute" when
one of my sons ask for my attention. That doesn't make it right
and it doesn't make me bad. It means I'm human and I'm still traveling
the road to heaven and I've got to keep improving until I reach
the end of the road.
PLEASE award those Cub Scout achievements at the first pack meeting
after they are earned. Don't make a child wait months. And be sure
to make each award ceremony special because it's a BIG deal in that
child's life. It may be THE highlight of his year.
Maybe some of the parents in each pack can help make props and devise
ceremonies so the burden isn't all on the shoulders of those overworked
Peter Murphy, Scoutmaster, Troop 125, Carmel, Indiana
Crossroads of America Council