Re: Merit badge question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 5 May 1993 16:07:51 CDT
Don Izard <IZARD@UBVM.BITNET> writes:
> Is there any annual listing of 1) current merit badges?
> and 2) publication dates of CURRENT books?
Yes to both. The Boy Scout Division lists a series of publication
dates for the merit badge series. It is available from them, as well
as found in the inside back cover of any recent (1991+) merit badge
pamphlet. It is also found in the Boy Scout Requirements Book as
well. Each year, the Program Group also makes available the colorful
poster showing all of the current merit badges. This was the result
of many Scouters asking local councils permission to purchase one of
EVERY merit badge currently available. Again, the Program group at
the BSA National Office can get you one, but your better bet is the
local Scout Shop. Either way, the poster costs $1.10.
> We have recently heard of a case where a scout was signed off
> for a merit badge, NO LONGER available (no current badge or book)
> No one told the counciler that it was no longer available!
> As new merit badges such as COLLECTIONs or COLLECTING are
> introduced, how should the scout find out about them?
New merit badges, like anything else new to our programs, are annouced
well in advance, through _Scouting_, _Boys'_Life_, and _ProSpeak_.
Also, each quarter, the Scout Executive gets a update packet with the
new designs, requirements, and the like and is ENCOURAGED to share
that with the volunteers and co-workers through the Council newsletter
or similar ways (flyers at Roundtables, etc.).
Likewise, when merit badges are being discontinued, the same
publications list those merit badges and a short description on why
they are being merged, discontinued, or updated with a new design or
> IN my role of MB Counciler, I check for NEW MB publications
> and/or requirement changes each time I visit the office.
> If there is a change, I buy one new copy, and would then
> make sure that any NEW scouts work on the current requirements.
> Some one once told me that as long as you start on the OLDer
> MB requirements, even if a new book comes out, you have up
> to a year to complete the old requirements. Much like partial
> MB completes. NOTE: I have no OFFICIAL Ref that confirms
> the one year period, however, it would seem that some reasonable
> overlap time should apply.
I was caught in that one-year (and for the record, it is actually TWO
PROGRAM YEARS or until Dec. 31 of the second year) period for
"outdated" merit badges. I was the last Scout in my Council to earn
the old Conservation of Natural Resources merit badge before it became
the current Enviromental Science merit badge; the first Scout in my
Council to earn the newly designed Communications merit badge (and at
the Court of Honor, I received BOTH merit badges in a frame); the last
Scout to earn the Forage Crops and the first to earn the new Plant
Science merit badges; and the last to earn the old Citizenship in the
Home merit badge (which there is now a new merit badge called Family
Living (I believe the name is) that is now available almost 20 years
after we got rid of what I thought was a good merit badge.
I found out all about those merit badge changes from _Boys'_Life_ and
from our local Council (Old Kentucky Home Council) newsletter that
came to each Scouter and extras sent to each unit leader for posting.
Your Scout Executive should have a aged copy somewhere of a letter
sent to all Scout Executives from the old National Director of Program
in 1973, which outlines this two year grace period for all old merit
badges. When I last called the National Office back in the fall to
ask about the new "collections" merit badge and whether or not it
would replace the current Coin and Stamp Collections Merit Badges, the
Boy Scout Program Division Director stated that those two would stay,
since they were still quite popular and the new Collections MB was a
response to those patch and pin collectors, card collectors and
collectors of toy cars and trucks that wrote to Pedro (whom he answers
for the ol' hay eater!) and asked for.
He stated that the letter and policy is still valid and that local
Council executives can extend that period if they still have Scouts
interested and they still have stock of that particular badge onhand.
Scouts *do* have a say, sometimes folks!
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
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