Summer Camp MB Cards
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 15 Oct 1992 02:39:00 GMT
In my two summers in the Handicraft Area at Camp Rota-Kiwan (yes, I worked
someplace other than Philmont), I didn't sign a single merit badge card. I
don't think it was entirely because I was under the age of 18.
The handicraft director had been in the job for 6 years and had gotten things
down pretty well. Rather than signing each individual MB application, he had
a signature stamp, as well as a date stamp. (The camp has a non-standard MB
form, 1 page, 1/2 for the camp; 1/2 for the troop. Each section has an area
to mark if the badge was completed or which requirements were completed).
During the later part of the week, usually during a lull in the area (or
during a slow time before the picnic held in the Handicraft Pavilion on
Thursday), he would stamp his signature and the date one each application in
the appropriate areas. Often, he would go through and mark off the
completions, so that friday afternoon, only the forms for those with partials
had to be filled in. This made life much easier.
I stopped to see him last weekend and he mentioned another timesaver he had
picked up. Last summer he used a "Nothing Completed" Stamp, since many of the
partials in the area get that. I know if I ever was in a position to do the
same thing, I would invest in a signature stamp, which I think costs about
$10-15, if nothing more than because I am an extremly slow writer.
For those worried about the security of the forms once stamped, the forms
were ALWAYS kept in the supply area, which the campers were not allowed in,
and that was locked when we weren't open.
I do know that other under 18 staff members who signed MB forms, but at
Rota-Kiwan, it varied with the department (happened more in Scoutcraft &
Scott A. Begin Asst. Scoutmaster, T-348 Calumet Council
SBEGIN@mcimail.com 6 years of Camp Staff Experience
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