Re: Needing help with a merit badge
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Mon, 8 Feb 1993 18:48:11 CST
Mark Wilson <mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM> writes:
>> From: AISARMSTRONG%IST%VMI@ist.vmi.edu
>> There is someone in my scout troop who is preparing for his eagle who wants t
>> get a merit badge in Personal Management. What I would like to know is what
>> questions should I ask so he can get his badge?
[point of clarification....Personal Management (what we used to call
Personal Finances), is one of the merit badges required for Eagle. It
concentrates on skills of saving, borrowing, purchasing and investing
your own monies.]
( I am leaving a lot in here from Mark Wilson's posting.....)
>In order for the scout to get the merit badge he must:
>Get a signed merit badge form from the Scoutmaster and find a buddy who is
>interested in working on the same merit badge.
This is important, Eddie....the BSA has changed policies somewhat that
virtually ELIMINATED the "one-on-one" Scout-Counselor relationship
that we were accustomed to in the Boy Scouting program. Instead, if a
Scout wants to work on a merit badge, he must either have a parent or
guardian present, another Scout present, or it must be worked in
groups (either Patrol, Crew, Squad, Troop or Team) with the counselor
>Get the merit badge pamphlet on the subject.
>Contact the merit badge counselor and explain that he would like to earn the
>badge. Along with the buddy meet with the counselor and discuss how he can
>get the most out of the time spent working on the badge.
Where do you find a counselor for this merit badge at?? Try the
banks, the savings and loans, or credit unions. Also, try the finance
department at the local college or university. I would not recommend
serving as counselor *myself* (unless I had a background in finance
or something similar).
>Learn and do the things that the pamphlet explains. Gao as far as he can to
>fulfill the requirements on his own.
Note that for this merit badge, the requirements *must* be completed
over a 90 day period of time. (see requirements #2 and #5). Also, it
requires the Scout to assist in purchasing of groceries for a month
Like the note from Mark, PLEASE DON'T SHORT-CHANGE THIS SCOUT BY
TRYING TO "GET IT DONE FASTER" FOR HIM.
>When ready make the Scout and his buddy make an another appointment with the
>counselor. If the counselor is satisfied that the Scout has completed the
>requirements, he will sign the merit badge form. If not he will explain what
>still needs to be done.
>Give the signed form to the Scoutmaster.
>The above steps are straight out of the handbook.
> Are you a registered merit badge counselor for the
>Personal Finance merit badge? To be qualified as a merit badge counselor
>you must have knowledge of the field gained by education, work experience,
>vocation, or avocation (hobby).
>If you are qualified as a counselor, you should know the topic well enough
>to know what to ask to explore the depth of the Scout's understanding.
>Otherwise direct him to a qualified merit badge counselor.
>You do no service to Scouting or to the Scout by subverting the merit badge
>process in order to get him through.
Eddie, Mark's notes are NOT self-serving. He's absolutely correct in
While a lot of Scouters don't take much stock in the skills learned by
earning a Merit Badge in, say, Personal Management, it *does* set the
stage for many other related things to occur.
For example, the requirement whereby the Scout has to go get groceries
for an entire month. The requirement said that the Scout could HELP;
my parents took that as DO. After the first time where I forgot the
coffee (I started drinking coffee at the young age of ten), sugar,
orange juice and jelly, I had to put up with "Micheal (my mother was
the only person to call me by my full Christian name), go next door
and get me four cups of coffee......Micheal, go over to the
Dickersons' and get a cup of sugar....Micheal...(Oh, you get the idea!
I was SLOW to catch on that when you forget something from the store,
you have to do two more trips: one, to borrow the item from a
neighbor, and two, to return said item when you remembered to get
more. Can we say "learned concept??")
Another example was the trip to the bank to learn about CREDIT. My
counselor, a loan officer at the local bank, not just told me about
credit, its' uses and abuses, but he also showed me what would happen
if I filled out a credit application right now. Sure enough, TRW sent
it back with NO on it....that impressed me!!!!!
(I *still* have TRW to send me statements with NO on them, so I guess
the lesson was hard to sink in, huh?? heheeheh)
As Scouters, we need not only to insure that the requirements of the
merit badges are being met by our Scouts, but also to insure that
Scouts have ample opportunities to use that knowledge and to share it
with their fellow Scouts, formally during meetings....
.....or informally, when they are shopping at the Mall.
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