chemistry merit badge
Tom Richardson Chem Dept 792-7791 (DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET)
Fri, 25 Oct 1991 08:11:00 EDT
Good point . . . just how does one do the chemistry merit badge? Methods I
have used . . . but this is subject to change since I recall the September
Scouting indicated that there were new requirements being published.
1. If a local college/university has an Alpha Chi Sigma chapter (a honor
and service society for chemistry majors), presenting the chemistry
merit badge is a good service project. Granted this is sort of like
the way many badges are done at summer camp . . .
Locally the College of Charleston does this, the faculty advisors just
happen to be Vigils! They admit that it is a recruiting tool . . . the
past OA lodge chief (now section chief) is a chemistry major at CoC!
I have completed a few partials from this program, discussion-type
work that could be done in the "McD" setting . . . actually was done
during the SM conference time (game time for the rest of the troop)
at a troop meeting.
2. As a MCB, one has the discretion to "delegate" some of the work. In
my experience, the Scout wanting Chemistry MB is already in the high
school course . . . the "lab-work" part of the badge is duplicated in
the school syllabus . . . and the discussion-work can be done where
appropriate . . .
3. With a little care and aforethought, the necessary labwork can be done
on a picnic table in a suitably public place . . .
4. In my laboratories. As things now stand, this might be possible but it
would be awkward, my laboratory is some 25 miles from my Scouts. At a
previous college, the laboratory was less than a mile from the Scouts and
a few Scouts came by to work on the MB. This was several years ago (before
two deep was demanded) but as I recall, my departmental colleagues were
within earshot. This was either during public school vacation or the
hour after public school let out in the afternoon.
Tom Richardson Assoc Prof Chemistry Department
DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET Charleston SC 29409
Scoutmaster, Troop 700, Summerville SC
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