scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Subj: Sir Names?
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Thu Apr 13 2000 - 17:23:12 CDT
I apologize to those already tired of this thread.
> ...it could save them
> some serious embarrassment later on. There are still situations where
> American informality is not the best choice -- job interviews, bank loan
> applications, security clearance interviews spring to mind immediately. (g)
I understand about those other situations. I don't disagree that there
are situations for formality and informality.
I thought this thread was originally about whether it was appropriate for
Scouts to address leaders by their first name.
I go by my first name as have all the Scoutmasters in our troop going back
to the 50s. Baden-Powell didn't go by his title with boys, he went by B-P.
Daniel Carter Beard went by Uncle Dan. They both believed in Scouts being
courteous. They didn't see the issue of boys addressing them without
titles as being discourteous.
Even in the classic Disney Scouting movie "Follow Me Boys", the boys
refered to their Scoutmaster as "Lem", not Mr. Siddons.
Whether a troop goes by titles or first names isn't an issue of respect or
courtesy, it's a matter of preference. That is my main point.
We must also remember that Scouting doesn't exist in a vacuumn. The
boys address teachers at school by Mr, Mrs, or Ms (at least around here).
They are exposed to that situation. I don't believe it is an absolute
necessity for it to be repeated in Scouting.
There's no right or wrong answer, it's up each unit. I go by my first
name, other Scouters and troops are welcome to do otherwise.
Scoutmaster Troop 33