scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Sir Names?
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun Apr 11 1993 - 20:36:40 CDT
My neighbor up the road, Jeff Tjosvold asked us all:
>Another how does your Troop do it? Do the Scouts of your Troop refer to
>the adult leaders by their first names or their sir names?
Depends on the Scoutmaster and other adults and the youth.
When I was growing up, I was told to address ALL adults by their last names:
Mr. Kinney, Mr. Scott, Chief Roberts, Colonel Rockwell, Mrs. Moore.
When I was in the new Troop 801, the Scoutmaster was Kenny Moore. He was
"Kenny" to us, and it took several times between Kenny and my mother before
she finally allowed me to call him Kenny. When he was replaced by Chief
Roberts, he insisted on the formal names again. When he was replaced by LTC
Murdock, it was
"Mr. Murdock"....his comment to new Scouts was always "When I do Scouting, I
am NOT wearing my military uniform and I ask you to address me by Mr.
Murdock." And it continued back and forth even to the time I took over as
Scoutmaster, in which I informed Scouts who called me "Mr. Walton" that
"That's my father's name..."
The Troop's youth and adult leadership should TOGETHER make this decision.
In a smaller Troop or in one in which all members know each other, then it's
fine to drop the "Mr." or "Mrs" and go with the first name. In larger
Troops, you may want to have more of a formaility whereby ALL members (youth
and adults) address each other as "Mr." or "Ms." whomever....or as I've
observed in ONE Troop, every Scout calls each other "Scout Jones" or "Scout
Miller" and the adults by either "Scouter Jones" or "Scoutmaster Miller"
depending on their adult position.
This decision NEEDS to be made TOGETHER. While it sounds "cool" to have the
youth to decide this, there MAY BE some adults whom would PREFER to be
called by their last names at ALL TIMES by anyone; there may also be some
individuals whom, like me, have been taught by their parents to regard every
adult as important and therefore every adult is given a title before their
last name. So by having all adults and youth present to make that decision,
the Troop makes the decision...which CAN BE CHANGED by a new incoming
Scoutmaster again meeting with the youth of the Troop.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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