scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Secret Silver Beavers
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Sun Mar 05 2000 - 13:41:44 CST
>From one Bob to another, I'm proud to share a name with one who summed up so
beautifully, what I think anyway, is the good and proper attitude towards
adult awards in Scouting! I was going to include some of what Bob Amick had
to say. but, I found myself highlighting everything and would have incurred
the wrath of the list moderators by including the whole post!
As a SM I often jokingly remark that award winners obviously aren't spending
enough time with the boys, if they were they wouldn't have become so
noticeable in district and council work to be recognized. But, when I
reflect upon the intangible rewards I receive practically on a daily basis
from the boys, I realize that without the support and hard work in troop,
district and council level, by all of those not privileged to be where I am,
I would have much less of a program to offer.
One of the things I tell parents at FOS time, is that however much they
think that my skills with their kids and our troop are the only things they
find worthy of support, it is the countless dedicated individuals behind the
scenes that make possible the stage upon which I meet their kids and help
them grow. So, if awards are to be given, we must all accept the fact that
the recipients are often not more worthy than others, but, if that award, to
that person, helps motivate them to continued or greater service to
scouting, I say it's a practice well worth preserving. There will always be
glory hounds, and even those whose dedication to scouting is based on less
noble ground than service to youth, but, the point is that they do serve and
I do not begrudge any manner of recognition..
For me, the knowledge of what I've meant in the lives of "my" scouts, is
worth more than all the Silver Beavers there are in existence.
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY