Ben S. Hawkins, Instruction & Research (HAWKINS@UCBEH.BITNET)
Wed, 5 Jun 1991 12:01:00 EST
First, since I have been reading the group for several months but
have never posted, I will introduce myself. My name is Ben Hawkins.
I am one of several Assistant Scoutmasters in Troop 27, Mt Healthy
(Cincinnati) Ohio, USA. I have been with the troop since 11 yrs old
(now 27), am an Eagle Scout, Awards Chairman, and Merit Badge
Counselor. I am also a Programmer/Analyst at the University of
Now, the problem. This is a topic I have not seen discussed
here before. Every year, our troop takes a week-long summer trip.
This is not to a scout camp. This year we are going to Dale Hollow.
There are two requirements for going on the trip. One is the cost
of the trip. This year's trip will cost each boy $125.00. This
covers food (we eat like kings while away), transportation, gas for
the power boats we take, etc. There are ample opportunities to make
this money. We had four major fundraisers this year, and we credit
the boys for the time they work. The money they earn can only be used
for the summer trip, or high adventure. Any unused moneys go back to
The second requirement is newer. Three years ago, our Committee
made a rule that each boy must earn four merit badges in a year to be
eligible for Summer Trip. A Life Scout is only required to earn two,
and an Eagle is exempt. (Rank has its privileges.) There has always
been debate at our committee meetings about the rule.
The rule has helped our advancements. A DE contacted me last year
to ask how our troop always managed to get so many advancements.
Last night at our committee meeting, a father came to request that
his son be allowed to go. This boy has not earned even ONE Merit
Badge this year. He did participate in the fundraisers, so he has
the money, but he has been very inactive in all other scout aspects.
I was against the idea, saying that it wasn't fair to the other boys,
many who had worked their tails off near the deadline. One younger
boy had come to me on the last day, with his signed card, very excited
that he had earned the right to attend the trip. I don't want to have
them lose that.
I was outvoted, badly. The other men said that the requirement was
never meant to exclude a boy from going. We may lose the boy if he
doesn't get to go with us. The final decision was to make him do
ONE Merit Badge before the trip, and he can go.
I am anxiously awaiting the lists thoughts on this topic.
Ben Hawkins, HAWKINS@UCBEH (Bitnet)
University of Cincinnati Ben.Hawkins@UC.EDU (Internet)
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