scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Silver Beaver - a different take
Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM
Mon Mar 06 2000 - 08:46:54 CST
Reading through the comments about the suprise announcements or pre-informed
awarding of this important award, and the concerns about those who expect it
and do not get it......
Troop, district, and council leadership should keep in mind that people
respond to different rewards. In the work world, some folks are money
driven - the guys/gals who work on commission. Some want a name plate on
the door or the biggest corner office or a fancy title. Some want the
constant pat on the back that tells them they are doing a good job. Some
respond to awards that publicly proclaim their worth to the organization.
Whatever it is that motivates them is more important than money, after their
basic economic needs are met.
Translated to Scouting, few of us will ever get a higher salary or
commission for our volunteer Scout work. But a reflective view of our
fellow leaders will generally tell us what rewards will keep them working.
Everyone deserves the pat on the back, but some feel that need for public
recognition too. This is not to say that we should award the Silver Beaver
only to those who like the public recognition. No, it is to say that there
are other rewards that can keep those people happy and working hard until
their turn arrives.
My troop surprised me recently with a "500 nights camping" award and patch.
Someone realized and recognized the long term commitment, and I appreciated
it. Recognize that little things like that keep people going until the
bigger recognition comes along. The tough part is figuring out who needs
those rewards and recognitions. The simple answer is all the volunteers do.
But don't overdo it to the extent it has no meaning.
AND, the same goes for the Scouts. Recognize the boys when they do
something really good other than earning rank or merit badges. They need
that reassurance of worth too.
High Adventure Leader
Troop 59, Venture Post 2159