scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: New Silver Beaver
Bob Koch (Yanksnum1@AOL.COM
Sun Mar 05 2000 - 16:22:25 CST
As the present Chairman of the Council Silver Beaver Committee, I might be
able lend some insight to the questions that I have seen put forth over the
past few days.
There is a Silver Beaver committee that is appointed by the Scout Executive
(we try to have a representative from council and one from each district, but
it is not required). This committee decides on a number of issues. They
decide how to weight each of the three sections for which the award consists.
2. Keeping it a secret...
They also decide whether or not to tell the recipients before the award
ceremony, and they even decide upon the type of ceremony. Until a few years
ago our council kept it a secret. For the past few years the committee has
decided to inform the recipients (I leave it up to the committee member or
the nominee to have the privilege to inform the recipient ASAP and then I
follow it up with a letter).
We do this for a couple of reasons: 1. So that they can have the appropriate
people at the dinner and 2. we ask each awardee to prepare a short write-up
on their "most memorable scouting experience".
People not selected being disappointed...
It seems that many of the problems that occur (as written in the previous
emails) are due to nominees knowing that they are nominated. This is in
complete violation of the award/application requirements. It clearly states
that no one should know that they are being nominated. I have even seen
nomination made for themselves.
BTW, when the practice was not to inform the awardee, the family was informed
to get the proper people there. Many times, there was a "holding area" for
family members that didn't attend the dinner. These people appeared once the
persons name was called.
The best people not getting the award...
Yes, at times this happens, for a few reasons. Usually its because some of
the potential great candidates are never nominated. Sometimes it is due to
the way the application is written and tends to be incomplete. As chairman,
I don't vote (unless there is a tie), and often know of more details that
should be added to a nomination...but I can't do that since it wouldn't be
fair to other candidates.
Here's something that we do that works...
For those that are not selected, I send a letter to the person who made the
nomination and include the application. I ask them to resubmit the
application for the next year (update it with next years info). In this
years letter I explained that of the 8 nominations that were resubmitted from
the previous year, that 5 were selected (out of our total of 8 recipients for
The process has to be thorough and communicated properly. This hasn't been
the case in previous years, but will be for 2001.
I hope that I was of some help.
Bob Koch, Council Commissioner and SB Chairman
Suffolk County Council, Long Island NY