RE: merit badge factories
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 30 Oct 1992 16:43:45 CST
The example you gave is great if you do this sparingly. The problem I see
with many Troops is that they refuse to create (or have the Scouts create)
a "theme" and a program; but have sat down with the Boy Scout Requirements
Book in one hand and the Troop Calendar in the other and said "Ummmmmm. This
month, we could work on First Aid and I know someone that can teach it...and
next month, its Emergency Prepareness and then the next one its....
and in January, we'll be working on Lifesaving!"
The Boy Scout Program helps has a listing of suggested merit badges that
Scouts could work on, individually or in a SMALL GROUP during that month that
would tie into their "themes". However, I don't like the idea of each and
every month becoming "let's work on the XYZ merit badge" for an activity.
In my opinion, a Troop program for a month should come together with some
outdoor (or indoor) event that demostrates the Scout's proficiency with some
skill(s) that they have been taught that month. An example:
Meeting #1 : Visit a polling booth. Have the County elections' administrator
to visit with the Scouts and explain the voting process. In a
room there, review the requirements for the Citizenship in the Nation
Merit Badge with Professor Art Williams, from the City College's
government department. Have each Patrol to "caucus" and come up with
a candidate for "President".
Meeting #2 : Meeting at Troop meeting place. Three graduate students work
with Scouts on the First Class communications skills. Each Patrol
has their "candidate" to stand and address the Troop. The
graduate students talk about presentation and public speaking.
Meeting #3 : Meeting at Troop meeting place. Art Williams returns to
meet with Scouts that were interested in the Citizenship in the
Nation MB...reviews paper assignments....and to talk about the
constitutional process for election to President.
"Presidential Election" held with all youth members voting.
got to go...system is shutting down!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City