scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Sir Names?
Dan O'Canna (Dan.O'Canna@MAIL.STATE.KY.US
Tue Apr 11 2000 - 10:34:54 CDT
>Do the Scouts of your Troop refer to the adult leaders
>by their first names or their sir names?
Scouts address adults as Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.
Adults address each other mostly the same way.
Adults address Scouts by Mr. about half the time and
by first name most of the rest of the time.
Mr (Mrs. ...)firstname or initial is used farily commonly
by both adults and youth.
Unless we are good friends with a visitor to the troop
we all address them by Mr., Mrs., Dr.
We also use yes sir, no maam, please, and thank you as
good manners dictate.
It seems that about half of the Webelos who join our
troop used the same method and fit right into the system.
Scouts who used their Cub leader's first names pick up our
tradition pretty quickly. On occasion an ill-mannered young
man needs to have the system pointed out to him. I can't
remember an otherwise well mannered boy having any problem
picking up on the system by observation.
It's a regional kind of thing, I suspect. I'm sure a
Scout unit could function perfectly well with the boys
calling the leader's by thier first name.
There always can be some debate about whether respect is
owed or earned. In every case respect that is shown
is a gift from one person to another.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky