Re: Two deep merit badge counseling
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 25 Oct 1991 09:36:46 CDT
> This is a distinct problem. A solution that has worked on occasion is to
> do the counseling at a public place such as *urger *ing or *ac*onnalds or
> the like so that you are not alone with the Scout one to one . . .
> As regard at one's residence, have the spouse present . . .
> It seems that someplace recently I saw an "instructions to Merit Badge
> Counselors" that indicated that the MBC should be working with at least
> two Scouts at a time so as to avoid the one to one situation . . .
> Tom Richardson Assoc Prof Chemistry Department
> DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET Charleston SC 29409
> Scoutmaster, Troop 700, Summerville SC
Yes - you are correct. In the procedures for Merit Badge counselors, we
now suggest "strongly" that the counselor work with two scouts at a time.
That is not to mean that each boy does not get his individual attention,
and time with the counselor.
The question of 2 deep with merit badge counseling is indeed something that
has come up with our "youth protection" policies and concerns, and indeed
crack down. I am sure that this is inconvenient, (and I am a merit badge
couselor) but least we all forget, it is NOT Scouting that is becoming more
and more aleart to the safety of our youth and adults, the whole of our
society is getting very uptight with the safety of their children and
With Halloween approaching, this is extremely apparent. I remember the
days when we put on a costume, went out and "trick or treated." Parents
now got with the children, they pick and choose what house, they check all
the goodies collected for razor blades, glass, poison, etc., and all in all
lose the fun and excitement of the tradition that we knew as children!
The alternative is not good - dead and/or missing children - if we are
indeed to be charged with the safety of other people's children, we are
also charged with doing it to "our best!" I agree the new policies and
procedures are terribly confining and restrictive - but when one considers
the alternatives that COULD and in cases do happen, we have to live in our
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