Re: Two deep merit badge counseling
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Thu, 24 Oct 1991 21:20:00 EDT
If you had a Scout interested in the Chemistry Merit Badge, where would
you do the work at?? I doubt that the local Mc's has the equipment....
Seriously, this *does* present a problem for you as a merit badge counsellor
for the Chemistry Merit Badge and me as a counsellor for the Public Speaking,
Communications, and American Cultures Merit Badges....what this means is that
(unlike in Don and I's days, where we could just "hop on the bike" to my
place, take my car to a American Indian show or a predominately black church's
service or even to the Washington Mall for the annual American Cultural Festival
and then discuss it at the local Mc's afterwards), we now must have another
adult with us...now those examples lend credit to having Mom or Dad or other
adult present...but how about working in your lab?? Do you *really* want extra
people there that you have to supervise??
In my case, working with a Scout on the Public Speaking Merit Badge (which, if
done well, requires specialization with EACH Scout and should not be done
a-la "mass production" (or what I call "WEBELOS production") scale. But I agree
with Don in his statement that that is they way BSA seems to be taking us.
My point is: What happened to the idea of A Scout working with A merit
badge counsellor on A badge?? There is a big disconnect between what Scouting
is saying (adult association) and the protection policies (which are there for
the Scout's benefit as much as the local Council and the national organization's
And the other point, which has not come up yet but I hope it does, is what
happens to the Scout that wants to work on, say Personal Management, and the
single male (or female) counsellor, a longtime member of the District Finance
Committee and the previous Vice-Chair of the District, cannot meet with him
during office hours but can meet with him after office hours and before Mom
or Dad comes home at 5:30pm....do we as Scouters in units double as
"supervisory parents" (for lack of a better term)??
We have the same situation at Camps....and the way it is dealt there is by
having faith in the trained camp staff member and limiting the time period
of "visitation" (which does infringe on the quality of the work produced--
but remember, the Merit Badge program was not intended to give a Scout a
BA in architechure or engineering...it was designed to enhance the adult
association with others outside of his Troop, Team or Post/Ship...and to
expose him to career opportunities through his work).
Do we "train" and "certify" the counsellors and then trust them to follow
the guidelines and common sense??
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City