scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Sir Names?
Jim Sleezer (jhs8@OKSTATE.EDU
Mon Apr 10 2000 - 13:50:53 CDT
In our troop, all adults are referred to as Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. by both
scouts and adults. Everyone is comfortable with this. The exception is
really the young ASMs who are still called by their first names. Once
they hit the 21 level, they're usually called by Mr. <lastname>. This was
a decision of the troop committee when the unit was organized nearly 20
years ago. At that time, the SM objected but was overruled. He's still
SM and now agrees with the decision. The use of titles carries over to
troop committee meetings most of the time although a first name slips in
occasionally, especially among those of us who work together. BTW, about
half of our adults have PhD's and are referred to as Dr. on campus but Mr.
or Ms. at troop meetings. Some time back, a committee chair started using
the Dr. title with a little emphasis on it. No one else picked up on that
title and several people went to calling him by his first name. The next
time around it was Mr. and Ms.!!
Several SMs in the area are referred to as Mr. <last initial>. That seems
to work well.
And, yes, my dad was Mr. Sleezer. It took me a long time to get used to
With the Venturer's (I'm an advisor), they generally refer to adults as
Mr. or Mrs. but often use first names when addressing the adults. I've
noticed that the adults who have children in the crew are almost always
referred to as Mr. or Mrs. My wife and I have no children in the crew and
are more likely to be called by our first names. It makes no difference