Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZMIS.BITNET)
Tue, 13 Oct 1992 20:51:00 MST
Many moons ago when I worked at summer camps, it was the commissionier who
signed the merit badge cards. Ture I did all the work teaching and testing
the requirements for the scoutcraft area I worked in, but the card was
signed by the commissionier (an adult).
Some summer camps have stamps or merit badge sheets they hand out, but I am
willing to bet that in most of them, the youth staff (under 18) does not sign
My advancement Guidelines Council and District Functions (1990) says:
..."They must be men and women of good character, over age 18, recognized as
having the skills and education in the subjects for which they are to serve
as merit badge counselor, "...
Unless the rules changed during the last couple of years (I doubt this),
the person who told you 21 years old was not looking at any references, but
most likely guessing. REMEMBER, in the Boy Scouts (the group the merit
badges are directed to - yes some explorers can, but they are really
directed to Boy Scouts) you are CONSIDERED AN ADULT AT AGE 18.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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