merit badge factories
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 30 Oct 1992 16:04:49 CST
Mike after your comment about "merit badge factories," I feel a need
to respond. I am not sure your comment applies to the way we do
this, but frequently we do merit badges in groups (classes).
This could make our entire district a "merit badge factory" by
one way I can read your posting.
Right now we have a herpetologist from the university presenting a
Reptile Study merit badge class at my son's troop's meeting location.
They meet the hour before the troop meeting each week. I am presenting
an Environmental Science merit badge class at another troop's meeting
location the hour before their troop meeting. We tend to have classes
like this at various troops' meeting locations throughout the district.
Of course the outdoor field work is separate. These merit badge classes
are announced at roundtable and open to all scouts. No one is forced to
attend. Scoutmasters are expected to announce the availability of a
merit badge class and it is up to each boy to get there.
IMHO, this method gives the boys more in depth study of the merit badge
topic than they would get at summer camp. It allows the use
of older, more qualified instructors. (How often would you see a
Ph.D. herpetologist as a summer camp merit badge counselor?) It is
a more efficient way for the merit badge counselor to work with the
boys. The "host" troop can supply the second required adult.
I see no particular disadvantages.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City