Re: Merit Badge Requirements
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 2 Jun 1993 17:22:47 CDT
"Dr. Steven C. Myers" <R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET> writes:
>I meant this for the entire list. SO here it is:
>On Tue, 1 Jun 1993 22:05:04 EDT you said:
>> Does anyone know if the is a source of Merit Badge Requirements in an
>>automated format? Either ASCII text or some WP format.
>I'd like to follow-up this with a similar, but distinct plea. Is there
>a CONSISTANT list of numbers to represent merit badges. To the best of
>my knowledge the numbers on the troop wall chart, the advancement sheets
>for ring binder, the troop/team record book (which has no numbers), the
>BSA PCX disks and other sources (including the official BSA computer)
>all seem to be different. I would like a list of official numbers and to see
>then printed consistently in the literature. What about all of the
>Computer programs (troopmaster, etc...) what numbers are used there?
>Can I have just one list pleaseeeeeee!
(Steve is refering to, for those of you that have never seen the
things he referenced, is a constant set of numbers which will
correspond with the most common of Troop record materials. There is
the Troop Record Book, one for the Troop's Scribe and another one for
the Troop Committeemember in charge of Advancement (and if you're
smart, the Scoutmaster should have one too!). In the booklet, there
are pages where one places a number which represents the merit badge
earned for a particular rank. Likewise, there is also a large 24x36
Troop Advancement Chart which contains the same information so that
all members can see it. (I still haven't the clue as to whom fills
that bugger out--youth, adult, or Scout involved!) There is a code of
numbers which correspond with the merit badges on the side of this
chart (which correspond with the booklet's numbering and which
corresponds with the Patrol Record Book, a pocket-sized booklet for
each Patrol Leader to track the progress in his patrol).
This is all well and grand until the BSA changes merit badges or
consolidates several merit badges into one or two. Then, new charts,
booklets and books are published with the new numbers. Only thing is,
we are *still* using the current year (last year's) book to record the
This creates a problem when you record that a Scout has earned merit
badge number #28. This could be the Collections Merit Badge (for those
lucky to be using 1991 materials); the Computers Merit Badge or even
the Consumer Buying Merit Badge. Likewise, Scouts that have earned the
American Business Merit Badge would be credited in some Troops with
earning the Agribusiness Merit Badge (the new version of the old Farm
Records Merit Badge), just because they have in one of those record
items the number 1.
Have I lost anyone?? It sounds confusing and to those of us that have
to keep those records, it is. That's why Steve asked the question.
constant numbering system would help out immensely in the recording of
this information, important for Scouts advancing to Star, Life or
Eagle or earning Eagle Palms. )
The operative answer is "no". While we can as a group come up with
one set of consistant numbers, National has resisted the urge to do
so. They don't even number the merit badges when local Councils have
to order them, even though back in 1974 they said that they would in
order to have a consistant numbering scheme which would match all of
the various unit and personal records. They made a broad step forward
by introducing the Individual Scout Record, a 8x11 pre-punched form
(a copy is found on page 207-208 (the pages are not numbered because
of the forms) of the current Scoutmaster's Handbook). Only thing was,
like the posters and the record books, they had to constantly make new
ones when new merit badges were introduced or taken out. In 1979
alone, there were five new versions printed by BSA!!
As new merit badges are issued, the existing list is rearranged and
re-alphabetized to include the new badge. BSA tried to create 00a,
00b,00c..but then when re-realphabetizing them again, the old 00c
became another numbers' "a" and on and on.
My suggestion was to alphabetize them once every three years (the
"life expectancy" of the typical Scout) and when new ones are created
or changed to simply add them at the end rather than to reshuffle.
That way, it becomes a simple re-recording every three years instead
of the current yearly updates. If merit badges are eliminated, just
do away with the number until the next tri-yearly update.
I haven't had anyone in any kind of authority to "sign off" on that
suggestion. Is this just a problem that Steve and I have or are there
others that have similar problems?? Those of you that use Troopmaster
(tm) or something else, how do *you* solve this??
Settummanque!@ Hey!! Without the chart, I haven't a clue!!
Mike L. Walton
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