Family Living MB
Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Thu, 16 Sep 1993 15:45:20 EDT
On Thu, 16 Sep 1993 15:39:55 -0500, Hilding Holroyd <hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.C
> I just sent the following out to the rec.scouting newsgroup and
> thought that I would share it here. It was in response to a leader
> bemoaning the fact the some of his younger Life scouts may be
> required to get Family Life. Anyone else have any opinions on this?
> Or amy I way off of the boat?
> In the past when National has changed significant requirements (such
> as First Aid MB required for First Class and the skill awards), there
> has been some "grandfathering" done so that those currently in the program
> don't get hurt. For instance, my oldest son joined scouts when First Aid
> was required for First Class. For him, and all of those boys who joined
> during those years, that badge is STILL required for First Class. National
> will (I'm sure) check the dates. When I got my eagle ('68), I had a choice
> of Soil & Water Cons. or Cons. Nat. Resources because I was during
> the transition years.
> There are many ways that National could grandfather Family Life MB:
> 1) ALL boys who join a troop before 9/1/94 are NOT required to earn the MB
> 2) Any boys who are LIFE rank before 9/1/94 are not required to earn it.
> 3) All boys have a 2 year grace period. Anyone earning Eagle during those
> two years has an option to use/not use Family Life as a 12th required badge
> Anyone after the two years (9/96), MUST earn Family Life.
> I would encourage all scouts who are not really close to Eagle to earn the
> badge anyway. This way, should they drag their heels (as most do) there won't
> be any problem when they eventually come to their Eagle BofR. I do something
> similar with First Aid MB. At camp this summer I required all of the first
> year campers to take the classes for First Aid MB. They all earned it, too.
> Of course they took care of all of the T/2nd/1st class first aid req., too.
> I hope my opinions are not TOO far off.
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I don't know exactly what "grandfathering" will be used in making
Family Life a required merit badge, but, in one sense, there is already
a one year grandfather clause built it. Any scout who wants to earn
Eagle without the Family Life merit badge has a year to finish up his
work. It seems pretty clear to me that after September 1, 1994, any
scout who does not have the Family Life merit badge will not qualify as
an Eagle Scout. National could change the implementation, but that is
the way it appears to me at this point.
Personally, I have not problem with this. Requirements change and a
one-year warning seems like a fairly long time. Maybe this can be used
to spur some scouts on who have been dragging their feet too long
Tioga District Advancement Chairman
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