scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Sir Names?
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG
Mon Apr 10 2000 - 13:03:00 CDT
Jeff and all,
In our troop, we just go with "Mr." or "Mrs." followed by our surnames.
Use of the prefix "Scouter" as in "Scouter Norm" or Scouter Lynette" is how
the Canadian scout program addresses the issue, I've been told by a couple
of Canadian scouters who used to be with the troop at the Canadian embassy
here in D.C. I see from some of the other responses that some of our
colleagues here follow the same model.
However, I'm allowing/encouraging my OA ceremonies team members to call me
"Pete". These are all older, enthusiastic, committed and hard-working
scouts (Life or Eagle to a scout). I don't view this as an issue of
respect/disrespect; we work together very closely, we are rapidly bonding
into a team, and I am not bothered by such scouts referring to me by my
I am bothered, however, by a brand-new tenderfoot calling me "Pete". I
guess, not to put too fine a point on it, that the privilege of a scout
calling an adult by his/her given name is one the scout should earn by
virtue of attitude, effort, and enthusiasm.
However, I know of at least one troop where all the adults are known by
their first names by all the scouts. This is a little too free-form for me,
but hey--it's a large nation.
Of course, we expect our troop committee, assistants, and all parents, to
refer to us simply as "Your Most Sublime Majesty"... :<)
As usual, your mileage may vary...
SM, Troop 113