scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Subj: Sir Names?
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Wed Apr 12 2000 - 17:50:51 CDT
> > What's most important is that people treat each other with respect.
> But here I think many of us use the word "respect" when what we MEAN is
> "courtesy". It is a matter of courtesy to address someone older than
> oneself, whom one does not know well, by their title unless/until invited
> to do otherwise.
I think it's a matter of courtesy to address people the way they wish to
I have the boys call me by my first name. They do know we well and I know
them well. If boys feel they don't know their Scoutmaster that well, then
something very important is lacking in the relationship.
New boys often start off calling me Mr Golden, I correct them and say
"call me Cliff". Do you feel that is a problem?
Scouting is a game, but a game with a purpose. A Scoutmaster is an older
brother leading his younger brothers in the game of Scouting.
That's the way Baden-Powell saw it. I think that's a good way to work
with boys. The boys call me Cliff.
Scoutmaster Troop 33