Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Tue, 1 Jun 1993 11:40:28 CDT
Gino Lucrezi <lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT> writes:
>The requirements for Merit Badges are the same for all boys? Or can they be
There are 116 merit badges which can be earned by American Boy Scouts.
Each has a set of standarized requirements which must be completed, no
less (and should be no more). Most of the merit badges can be earned
at home, but most Scouts as Kathie wrote earlier, wait until Summer
Camp to work on most of the "outdoors-related" badges.
The badges are designed for the average 14 year old boy to complete
with little difficulty. There are some badges which take more time
than others, most notably several of the badges required to earn Star,
Life and Eagle Scout Badges. There are a few more water-related
badges which also require experience in water settings (Motorboting,
For each merit badge, there should be a counselor, one registered to
work with boys in the completion of the badge. We also rely on
teachers and vocational educational people for several of the other
badges (most of the education-related badges like Reading and
Scholarship) to work with Scouts as well. There is still some
discussion on whether or not they should be registered or not as well.
The registration of the counselors are both a godsend and a terror. We
used to just let anyone work with Scouts on the badges and there was
some concern as to consistancy of completion and valid concerns of
child abuse by people on the fringes of the BSA (not exactly
registered and a "leader"; but not a "free person" either). However,
when we started demanding the registration, we got a truer picture of
who exactly is "signing off" badges in each locality. Many of those
people wanted to work with the local unit or units in their town but
DID NOT WANT ASSOCIATION WITH THE BSA; and therefore, we have lost a
lot of great counselors and even some support from the education
community as well.
In addition to the counselor requirements, some local Councils have
went as far as not accepting completed applications from counselors
not registered. This is, as you could imagine, unfair to the Scout and
to the counselor as well. Some of them are former Scouters that do
not want further association than the past twenty or thirty or more
years of service they ha
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( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
((MAJ) Mike L. Walton (among other "endearing" names) ( )
not want any more association with the BSA than the thirty or twenty
odd years they have served with the BSA in the past; others are
"making a statement" against the recent stands of the BSA by not
registering; and finally, some are not registering because they are
already registered someplace else and don't want to pay out another
fee to be "dual-registered".
Well...I've hung the computer here twice, so this is it!
(sig file gone due to hung process...or something like that...)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City