scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: What awards for leaders
Mon Feb 21 2000 - 15:47:01 CST
Following up on Neil Lupton and Bill Walton---and obviously still behind on
the list in general---
There was also, besides all the recognitions mentioned, an award for working
in Urban councils. Cannot recall the requirements/details but the award was
that Nambe Eagle in the catalog. If you are an Urban (not Suburban, Urban)
council, ask if someone in the office has the details. I know it was almost 5
years ago they announced it
Which makes for *real* nice if you have someone meeting the requirements.
And besides all of that, not every Silver Beaver (although you would think
they would be) are OA and need ot be nominated. Nor are all past Ordeal
(volunteer to help him get through it). And not all are Vigils (nominate
And I emphasize the religious awards, and the story part follows:
I recently (December) got a phone call. The man was in a council I had been
part of for 15 years, and he was in the hospital for third time and they were
sure he would die. NOW they're calling me to tell me he's Presbyterian and
can I, as Secretary of the National Association of Presbyterian Scouters,
"grease the skids".
Well, yeah, I can a little but the man STILL has to qualify. Didn't matter, I
took my time gathering details and did it right. Took all of two weeks of my
time and most of that was waiting for the award to come back. During that
time he was visited by a few youth -- a couple kids asking if he would be at
their Eagle ceremony in two months, including his grandson. He guaranteed it.
We presented the award at his home, he had been released, still close to
death, but holding on for those kids he promised. I walked in with my oldest
son (only one of my kids he would have known) and the Pastor and gave him a
hard time. For 15 years I passed out NAPS membership forms and tried to form
relationships committees and put together a list of all the people who would
volunteer to help kids with religious awards and distributed it to the
council. Never once in those 15 years did he come to me and say, "You know,
I'm Presbyterian too". And the units he worked with were all Catholic, so I
never caught on.
Man, I was rough. "You never told me", "I'm gone from this council 5 years
after 15 years of service and they call me NOW to tell me you're a
Presbyterian", etc. etc. I asked why he didn't have the Presbyterian God and
Service Award and he literally sat there in bed and said "I never did
anything to qualify for it".
I responded with "well, you got one now" and we gave him the medal and
certificate. He literally was crying, and thank goodness the Pastor was along
and kept things moving.
There are people in your council who are completely forgotten who may be
eligible for those religious awards, even to those who are close to them and
trying to work with them.
Oh, yeah. He's still around. We presented the award just before Christmas (so
I could go do BSA stuff in Indianapolis for New Years) and he made the Eagle
ceremonies in Chicago (don't know if he got to the grandson's in Minnesota)
and the Presbyterian Church recognized him on Scout Sunday just before the
council Catholic Committee on Scouting ran him to downtown Chicago for
special presentations of adult awards he could receive for his work with the
Boy Scouts and the churches for them.
People could be sitting in your council for YEARS never thinking they were
qualified for an award. Check on them and help them out.
Before you get calls like I get....