Re: Training Award Requirements Question
Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Thu, 6 May 1993 07:16:30 EDT
Steve Meyers writes:
> We as a troop will offer four or five MBs over the course of a year
> in the regular troop meetings. However, it is current troop policy
> that we will never do a eagle required merit badge in troop meeting
> time. We bring in counselors to the meetings and allow the boys to
> work on the merit badge, so between 11 and 18 a scout could maybe get
> 8x5=40 badges, but if he wants to be Star, Life, or Eagle, he must go
> out and get these on his own (with my help of course). Summer camp
> doesn't offer them all by far, so this becomes the ultimate test of a
> boys ability to advance past First Class. In my troop, we try to get
> you to First Class, the rest is up to the scout.
> Anyone else out there agree or disagree with my last paragraph?
Steve, I basically agree with your position. It is very important that
the scouts learn to work on their own. This is an important part of
the merit badge program. We try to offer a few interesting badges
every year. The only required badge we offered this year was First
Aid. The reason I made the exception and offered a required badge is
that I feel that particular badge is so important that I wanted to have
as many of my scouts as possible have the training. We have some
scouts who want the troop to offer classes for all the required badges.
We've explained that no one can become an Eagle Scout by sitting back
and waiting for someone to bring it to him. The scout has to go out
and earn it.
Fred Rogers, SM of Troop 30 in Baden-Powell Council
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