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Wed, 5 Jun 1991 17:28:00 EDT
I do agree that a Scout does NOT have to advance to be a good Scout, but
one of the motivators in Scouting is the advancement program. Through the
advancement program, EACH Scout/Explorer advances at HIS/HER OWN rate or speed
and NOT that of the group (which is why I agree with the Committee's merit
badge "rule"). By insisting on some sort of guideline for participation in this
event, keeps the "money -in-the-pockets" parents from paying the way of Scouts
not wanting to go because THEY want to go....there have to be some sort of
initiative on the part of the Scout, or the guy is just going to another
I do agree on the point that several made in regards to the PLC..THEY should
have , not the Troop's Committee, set the "rule" for participation.
Finally, I really don't know how many Scouts nationwide have ever earned the
MAX (that is what we called it --getting every merit badge--when I was younger)
We had one 16 year old living in Sonora (a rural town in the souther part of the
council) to "Maxout" and he was also given a plaque. You know what?? This
is really going to hit a lot of you, but other than the records that are
maintained at the local Council, there is NO RECORD of your merit badges
anywhere else (yeah, each Region operates a backup where a copy of the Council
summaries are kept, but the advancement reports are NOT maintained there!)?!?
This explains why the transfer form is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo important..
as well as keeping copies (or the originals) of ALL of the certificates you
Settummanque!@HEY! I have mine still......in a box...in a box...I think...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City