scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Recruiter award
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Apr 03 1993 - 10:29:06 CST
Funny you are asking about the Recruiter strip/emblems; I've just finished a
page which is going to the Unofficial Insignia site...but I'll hold off now
until these are answered to make the page more complete.
You asked us all:
>Would you award the Recruiter patch in the following situations? Why or
My responses are going to be prefaced with "What does YOUR COUNCIL
has as a rule for this strip/award?? If your Council's rules are
*different* from mine or any others' responses here, Sarah, I would go with
the Council's rule. They make up the rule for their Recruiter strip; there
are NO SET "National" rules for awarding the strip. This makes it easy for
each and every local Council to decide on how they are going to deliver that
program, and how tight or loose are their requirements for youth (and
adults, if the Council permits adults) to earn and wear the strip.
>1. A Webelos Scout has chosen to bridge to your troop and convinces one
>of his den mates to bridge to your troop also. They are the only two
>from their pack to join your troop.
Yes, to me it would count. If as a WEBELOS Cub Scout, I graduate to Troop
225, and later onward, two of my friends graduate to Troop 225 instead of
and I was the influncier in getting them over to my Troop, then of course, I
should get the "recognition" for doing such recruiting. HOWEVER, if I was
a Den Chief for Troop 225, and I convince Cubs from Pack 225 to go to my
Troop instead of Troop 70, then I SHOULD NOT get the "recognition" because
that's part of what the Den Chief's job is. I had an argument with the
Scoutmaster of Troop 70 over that issue as Scoutmaster of 225. I finally
solved the argument by saying to Ross
"Hey Ross...you want more Scouts in your Troop? Get a Den Chief, train him,
and place him in the Pack. That way, like I did with Russell (the Den Chief
coming from my Troop), your guy can wield some influnce with the Cubs in
Friendly competition *never hurts*."
He did, and his Troop's numbers shot a little higher as a result.
>2. A Scout's family (with some participation from the Scout himself)
>convinces another boy (partly through that boy's family) to join your
>troop. This is more a family to family effort than a boy to boy effort.
Yes, but I would give the strip to the person that helped the most. There's
NO RULE that says that the strip "must be earned and worn by a registered
Scout" or Scouter. So, if Mom, who's only relationship to the Troop is
through her son's registration, has helped the Troop to grow by informing
every mother who's hair she does, for instance, of the Troop and the good
time that her son is having in that Troop, she should get the recognition
for the effort....after all, her son didn't do jack.
She did all of the talking and was the "real recruiter" in this case.
If it was a family, frame the strip or patch and award the thing to the
I did this twice (once in Germany and once in Kentucky) and the results was
GREAT...every family, seeing what this family received, wanted one "just
like the Hills" or "the Millers" got.
It's amazing, Sarah, how you can give out a patch (or in Germany's case, a
segment which went around a central patch) and it means nothing to the
family; but you give a certificate, with the patch attached, framed in an
attractive $1.75 picture frame, and it becomes a family heirloom and source
of pride for everyone in that family!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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