scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Secret Silver Beavers
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM
Sat Mar 04 2000 - 09:13:48 CST
In a message dated 3/4/00 4:12:40 AM, Clakley@AOL.COM writes:
<< But, the best part was that we were able to keep both Chuck and Caye in the
dark about their honor. :) >>
There is an interesting discussion on the Scouting Forum of America Online
about Silver Beavers and this line tweaked me about it.
The comment was made there that, more often than anyone would like, Scouters
become angry and in a few cases, even quit because they anticipated receiving
the Silver Beaver and do not. Personally, I've been on all sides of this
and do have some opinions (surprise).
Many councils have what I think of as the "Miss America contest" type Silver
Beaver presentation. No one knows who will be selected, there is the big
buildup, the selectees are named and the non-selectees are left to suck their
thumb and try to force a smile.
This is great fun for the selectees and everybody else but no fun at all for
those who reasonably thought they might stand a chance and feel rejected.
To address this several years ago, my council changed the procedure. We now
send out private letters in advance to selectees. This is well known in the
council so that everybody knows that if you didn't get a letter, you are not
on this year's list. This also gives the opportunity to have family
members, unit members, etc. present for the presentation. (My only child
missed the presentation the year that I was honored because of the "Miss
America contest" type presentation.) And if you feel miffed because of
non-selection and want to stay away from this year's presentation, that is OK
We have spoken about consideration for the boys who are not elected to the
Order of the Arrow. Many of us are just overgrown children anyway :) so
on the topic of Silver Beavers, is it more in line with "A Scout is Kind"
to ensure that no one receives an unpleasant surprise on the day of the
Silver Beaver selections?