Re: Registering MB Counselors
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Aug 1993 10:13:00 MST
I had to laugh when I saw Paul's comment about cross checking the merit
badge counselor when a scout applies for Eagle. I have had District and
Council people say these things to me and I laugh at them as well. A lot
things will have to change before this will happen. Consider the power of
the ScoutMaster in reference to control over merit badges and counselors.
(or the troop advancement chairman.)
1. The SM/Adv Chair selects the counselor for the scout to go to.
2. The Merit Badge card has three parts, one for the Scout, one for the
Counselor, and one for the SM/Adv Chair.
*** Here is the point where any cross-checking will take place.
3. The SM/Adv Chair fills out an advancement form for the council. Note:
No merit Badge counselor names are listed here and this is the paper
Councils mostly use to verify earning of merit badges. Now consider
transfers. Even if the cards are looked at, the list from another council
will be required. If the merit badged was earned five years ago, do they
have the old list? the only time most councils look at the merit badge
cards is when they can not find a copy of the advancement reports.
Considering Districts/councils are not getting the information required to
check the actual name of a MB counselor, it will be hard pressed to do
Now it is my turn to yell, IF YOU ARE OR WANT TO BE A MB COUNSELOR, FILL
OUT AN ADULT APPLICATION, FILL IN POSITION CODE 42 AND TURN IT IN. Just
because it is easy to beat the system, does not mean you should try. If we
work around the spirit of the rules, then more rules have to be written to
close the loop holes and before you know it our rules look like the garbage
which comes out of congress. YPP is one of the reasons for registering the
counselors, there must be others. Let's not make it more difficult on
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemmens): "Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw
those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City