scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Scoutmasters Key
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG
Thu May 25 2000 - 11:05:42 CDT
In our district, appropriate honors for long-time members of a unit's adult
staff are handled by presenting them with the Distinguished Unit Scouter
award, a local award which consists of a nice framed certificate and some
publicity in the district newsletter. Criteria are determined by each
unit; a unit can submit up to three names. So far, submission is
tantamount to receiving the award.
This is an award appropriate for unit scouters, as opposed to the Key-6
award or District Award of Merit, which typically are awarded around here
not for unit work alone, but for district work as well (and for longer
tenure in scouting, especially the DAM).
The problem with the training award as a recognition for long-time service
is that there are specific requirements associated with it, and so it is
not so much an honorific as an award recognizing these specific
accomplishments. Thus you are still left with the problem of how to
recognize a fine unit scouter who works hard but does not meet all the
criteria associated with the training award (roundtable attendance, for
The Distinguished Unit Scouter Award is our district's way of recognizing
scouters who have long been active at the unit level, whether or not they
meet the training award requirements.