Re: Merit Badge Question
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Tue, 7 Sep 1993 11:07:55 CDT
wayne fuller <wfuller@NDE.UNL.EDU> writes:
>I have a question that someone out there may know the answer to
>At our troop committee meeting tonight (I am the Committee Chair)
>I was asked if a boy who has earned the Handicapped Awareness M.B.
>would be able to earn the Disabilities Awareness M.B. ?
The answer is NO. The two Merit badges, even with similiar
requirements, NOT THE SAME. Therefore, if the Scout wishes to earn
the Handicapped Awareness MB before it converts to Disability
Awareness, and then later earn the Disability Awareness MB, he can
and should be encouraged to do so.
The precedence for doing just that occured in 1971 and again in 1973,
as the BSA created "new" meritbadges from the old ones.
Communications, a new merit badge, was created partly from the old
Public Speaking (which still exists) and the Gold Quill Award, a lapel
pin which were given to Scouts that wanted to explore various aspects
of the communications field. Even though Scouts had earned the Gold
Quill, they *still* had to complete the similar requirements for the
In 1973, the BSA changed the name of their Conservation of Natural
Resources Merit Badge to Enviromental Science. At that time,
Conservation of Natural Resources was NOT required for Eagle (it kept
switching back and forth, like Camping and Cooking did for periods of
time). In the implementation instructions for the "new" merit badges,
the BSA stated that "Scouts may continue to earn the Conservation of
Natural Resources Merit Badge until (two years after the introduction
of the new Environmental Science MB) or until the merit badges have
been exhausted, whichever is later. This was also done with the
Citizenship in the Home and the old version of the Communications
Merit Badges, which also changed during that time as well.
In 1977, the BSA consolodated several "farming and farm-related" merit
badges into several new groups. For instance, the Forage Crops Merit
Badge I earned was grouped with Corn Production, Small Grains, and a
couple of others to create the new badge Plant Science. I have earned
both Merit Badges.
And again, the BSA this time split the requirements about a couple
years back between Rifle and Shotgun Shooting into two separate badges
called Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting. In all cases, the BSA
allowed that two year "grace period" in order that Scouts that still
wanted to earn the older badge to earn it (and at the same time, to
get rid of the stocks of older badges).
>Also, we wondered if they would change the badge itself?
They would change the design of the badge to reflect the new name.
For instance, when Personal Finances was changed to Personal
Management in 1973, the merit badge was redesigned to reflect the new
name and scope.
Now, for all of you trivial trivia buffs, here's 2 great questions that
relates to merit badges:
Has there been ANY TIME in the history of the BSA when the Camping and
Cooking Merit Badges were REQUIRED for the Eagle Scout Progress Award?
(and yes, I didn't slip up...I gave you a hint!)
Has there been ANY TIME in the history of the BSA when BOTH Lifesaving
AND Swimming Merit Badges were REQUIRED for the Eagle Scout Badge??
(presently, Scouts choose between EITHER Lifesaving or Emergency
Preparness; and between Sports, Swimming or Personal Fitness).
Mike L. Walton
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