Re: Registering MB Counselors
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Aug 1993 11:37:05 EDT
IN reply to PAUL:
1) In a majority of school districts, and TOWN or community sports
programs, everyone in contact with YOUTH is going to some kind of
YOUTH protection training, at least in this area of Western NY.
My wife, who is a teacher and associated with scouting via the
troop committee, and I as a town coach, have been to a combined
26 hours of YPP training classes, seminars, presentations etc., in
the past year! Perhaps that is why the EXEMPTIONS? The EXEMPTED
people should or will have to go to YPP that is in MOST cases MORE
detailed and extensive than what BSA is currently providing.
2) As far as additional registration as a MBC. . . HOW else can the
council maintain any kind of list of "authorized/certified" MBC's?
That was the basis for my orginal inquiry into the entire question.
IE> IF all MBC's are required to be regsitered in some way with
BSA, BSA should be able to produces a current UP TO DATE list of
LIVING certified councelors, with current phone numbers etc.
Granted IF you only want to council those is your own troop, your
name should NOT be included on the council wide list, but that
should NOT be a *major* problem with the use of a computerised system.
I think that as of TODAY, that there are many Merit badges signed off
be people that are NOT on any official list! The new registration
will help to address both problems, 1) making sure the MBC's have
the required YPP knowlege and/or training AND 2) making sure the
SIGNATURES of MB cards, belong to a) living and b) properly certified
merit badge councilors! If you don't have the time to complete the
forms, I would question your total commitment to scouting and the
motive for being a scout leader etc.
HOW long does it really take to fill out a SECOND copy of the form?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City