Re: Registering MB Counselors
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Sun, 29 Aug 1993 22:38:59 EDT
On Fri, 27 Aug 1993 07:19:23 CDT Settummanque, the blackeagle said:
>Hey Dr. Steve!
>How does the Scout get a verification that he's got the merit badge?
>I know that we still give out the colorful Merit Badge certificate
>with the actual badge....but the three-part card had a section for
>Scout to keep, counselor to keep and for the advancement report.
>What you are saying is that the Scout nor counselor gets a record to
>hold unto until the advancement report has been processed by the
NO. NO. NO. I must have misled you. Probably my poor communication
skills that "Woodbadge" has been addressing this weekend. (Boy, it was
In this council (Great Trail Council) the use of teh blue cards is still
alive and well. I wan't to set to rest immediately any thought to the
contrary. When a scout wants to work on a merit badge they must do a few
things and ask a few questions as have been discussed on the list. The
principle thing the scout must do is go to his scoutmaster and secure a
blue, three-part merit badge application card. As a scoutmaster, I make
the name and address of the scout appears on the front of the first
section and his name appears on the back of the second and third
sections. Also, I or any other Scoutmaster would indicate the name
of the merit badge and the name and address and phone number of the
counselor. This is how the scout BEGINS the process. When the
scout has met with the counselor and has met all the requirements
to the satisfaction of the counselor, then the counselor signs
sections one and two and tears off the third section as a record.
Sections one and two are returned to the scout who rushes it to
his scoutmaster. The scoutmaster gives part two to the scout
so the scout has a record and then turns section one (the only
remaining section over and signs off that the merit badge has
been properly recorded on the troops records and an advancement report is
prepared for delivery to the council.
What used to happen is that the advancement chairman would take the
advancement form to the council with section one of the blue card.
Mary (or whoever) would take the council's copy of the advancement form
AND THE BLUE CARD and would return a carbon copy of the advancement
form to the troop advancement chairman). This is also when the badges
are actually purchased. (On the back of the advancement form is
an order form for insignia).
The change newly instituted is: the council no longer wants
section one of the blue card turned in. Those cards stay with
the scoutmaster or advancement chairmen for the troop.
So how does council know who signed the card???? REad on:
> ..and has "Mary" considered that you *just can't get
>much of a name* in the extreme right hand side of the form (that is,
>unless she wants you to place the name in the space with the merit
>badge (i.e. "Cit. in Community/Mike Walton")?
Are we thinking of the same form???? On the advancement form (No. 4403B)
are 32 spaces for merit badges to be listed, in two columns. So line 1
is also line 19. Line 1 is "on the left" and line 19 is "on the right."
So we use the left hand side (lines 1 to 18) only to list scouts names.
lines 19 on are used to record the merit badge counselor's name.
Confused? The form is set up so you could record two merit badges
1. John Myers 8/30/93 Safety MB 19. John Myers 8/1/93 Rifle MB
(Two blue cards turned in would identify Tim Tanner and
Bill Richards as the two counseleors.)
BUT NOW we are asked to enter those like the following
1. John Myers 8/30/93 Safety MB 19. Tim Tanner (GTC)
2. John Myers 8/1/93 Rifle MB 20. Bill Richards (GTC)
and the blue cards are no longer necessary to be turned in.
Is this perfect? I don't know, I just follow orders, because the
penalty is that "Mary" has been told not to accept the forms
unless the counselor's indicated.
I hope this has been stimulating :-) Actually, I really don't
want to give the impression that the blue cards are not used because
as you can see, they are, they just no longer will be warehoused at
I am a bear
>In this Council (Audobon), they give a two-part paper form, one side
>of which goes to the Council and the other to the Scout. The Counselor
>don't get a copy but is required to keep some sort of log as to which
>boy was seen for what badge.
>Mike L. Walton
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