scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Subj: Sir Names?
Robert \ (Rcwscouts@AOL.COM
Mon Apr 10 2000 - 12:34:23 CDT
Mnscouter@AOL.COM (Jeff Tjosvold) wrote:
>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?
My personal belief is that Scouts used refer to the older leaders by Mr., but
I also realize that Scouts often slip into first names because in a friendly,
easy going troop they often hear the leaders (which may include their
parents) use first names. So I allow Scouts to call me "Mr. Bob" which they
seem to enjoy. This is kind of a compromise since we do have parents that
have never taught their children to use Mr., Mrs., or Ms as they think it is
old fashion. I don't think manners is old fashion.
However, when you have Scouts turning 18 and staying active in the troop as
SAs you can't expect the Scouts to start calling them Mr. over night and most
of them would feel uncomfortable being called Mr. at 18. In fact, many
prefer to be called by their first name into the mid-20's, but still refer to
the older leaders as Mr.
You just have to do what seems to demonstrate good manners in your own
case--after all they can't get away with calling their teachers by their
first names--in most cases. And later in life, they may have to address
their superiors as Mr.--even when the superiors are younger.
Piedmont District MB Counselor Chairman
Unit Commissioner (Doctor of Commissioner Science, Triad Cluster)
Trained Trainer and District Viking (Training) Patrol
And Freedom Owl, NE-VI-8-32 (1985)