Re: Family Living MB
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Sat, 18 Sep 1993 19:14:38 CDT
Bruce Madsen <bmadsen@DSD.ES.COM> writes:
>> > 1. Does this now mean that it will be 12 required and 9 elective
>> > badges for Eagle, or has there been some other juggling done
>> > elsewhere?
>> Yes, exactly.
>Good to know. Thanks for the info.
>> > 2. For Star and Life candidates today, does Family Life count
>> > as one of the 4 or one of the 7 required Eagle badges,
>> > or won't it "count" as an Eagle badge for these ranks
>> > until next September?
>> Stan and everyone else trying to get a "jump" on the new requirements:
>> Family Life is STILL PRESENTLY OPTIONAL for Eagle. It won't mean a
>> thing to Eagle Boards of Review nor to the National Court of Honor
>> right now....but if *I* was a Scoutmaster, I would recommend to my
>> Eagle (and Life) candidates, that they seek Family Life as one of
>> those "optional" badges. The badge is a snap for most guys to earn;
>> the requirements and reasoning makes sence in today's society; and if
>> that helps him get one step closer to Eagle than before, all the
>> better for it!
>I'd like a little more clarification, please. I have an almost
>12-year-old Scout (we're LDS, so that makes him a _Blazer Scout_), and
(A Blazer Scout, for those not familiar, is a Scout which has been
admitted into the Aaronic Priesthood of the Church. This is a big
deal in the LDS Churches, traditional and reformed. The LDS has
leaders that work with candidates to get them ready, whom are called
Blazer Scout Leaders. Bruce, please add to our collective education
and tell us about the Blazer Program. )
>he's doing great in scouts (which pleases me, since I just finished 3
>years as Scoutmaster ;^). We discussed the FL merit badge, and since
>he won't be an Eagle prior to 9/1/94, he decided that he might as well
>start working on it now (since all of the requirements seem to be well
>within his range of capabilities, whereas some of the other required
>ones are a little too tough for him to work on right now). Can he use
>FL as one of the required MBs for Star (or Life) between now and next
Nope. The reason is that it's NOT a "required badge" yet. At present,
the Family Life Merit Badge is one of over 100 that are optional for
the Scout to earn. So, if he earned it now, as my earlier posting
recommended, he would be in GREAT shape when 1 September next year
rolls around and the merit badge will then be REQUIRED for Eagle.
Then, and this is a personal decision, he can (or you or the Troop's
Committeeperson for Advancement can) take his Family Life card into
the Council office and buy the new silver-bordered version of the
badge; or keep the old one on the merit badge sash. Or both. (please
note that out of modesty, he should only wear ONE or the OTHER...not
As Chris wrote earlier, most Scouts earn far many more MBs than they
need for Eagle anyway, and one more Merit Badge, especially one that
is criucial as this one, won't hurt him. But in the meantime, he will
have to complete the Star and Life requirements as they are currently
written in the Boy Scout Handbook and the current Requirements Book,
and use the Family Life MB as a "step up" on his peers that will be
looking around to earning this later on next year.
> My understanding (hope?) was that the next year was a
>"grandfathering" time (to use a term I saw in another message), where
>one could use it as a required MB (and thus apply it to the list of
>requires needed for Star or Life), but didn't have to if he was close
>to finishing his Eagle requirements, but that one _had_ to use it
It might well be...but in the meantime, there has been no
"grandfathering" period placed on this badge, and (personally) I feel
that one full year is enough lead time to get Scouts to consider
earning the badge BEFORE it becomes a required one, thereby easing
anixieties about "Geezo, I've got to earn ANOTHER badge...will I EVER
get finished with all of this??"
>BTW, I *gotta* know: what does _Settummanque_ mean, and how does one
>pronounce it?? ;^)
[ Settummanque (set-TUM-man-quay or set-TUMM-quay) [n.].
1. Taken from language of Delaware Indian tribe, later used as official
language of Order of the Arrow, WWW. The original name, "sekkettummanque"
(sek-ket-TUM-quay) means literally, "black eagle". Name was shortened
only to allow for clearer pronounciation. 2. Descriptive title given
to Mike L. Walton, a former Scout and Scouter from the Transatlantic
Council's Black Eagle Lodge, for service to Scouting, Exploring and to
enhancing international Scouting. 3. Closing or signature used by former,
simiiar to "yours truly" or "sincerely" . ]
>P.S. -- Sorry, but I've *got* to tell someone: I was awarded my
>Woodbadge beads a couple of weeks ago! 3 in my patrol (Bear) were
>awarded at the same time (our patrol has now provided 3 of the 7
>completions in our troop so far (we completed the training phase a
>year ago)). I was also award the "Scoutmaster Award of Merit" by our
>Troop Committee chairmen last Wednesday night in our Troop's Court of
>Honor! I'm psyched!
Bruce, this MUST be a great year for you!! Congrats!!
You've reminded me of two other notes that I've wanted to share with
everyone this weekend (while I can STILL find the time to do it...this
coming week will be REALLY full, with visits to new units and schools
and back to the "housing project" (and keep your fingers
crossed..entry into a Doctorial program funding by the Commonwealth).
One, I've found this letter that I've sent to the spouses of Woodbadge
participants at the end of the practical course...I'll post it here
after David Brinkley tommorrow (gotta get in that "current events
time"); the other, is that I had wanted to leave notes about the
Scoutmaster Award of Merit and the Exploring Achievement Award since
we talked about them both in brief. Both awards are relatively
unknown outside the larger local Councils and I would like to help get
the word out on both awards.
Again, Bruce, congrats...my patrol was the first one in my Woodbadge
Troop to have all of our tickets written and later completed; and when
I was a Patrol Counselor for the Foxes, all of the Fast and Furious
Five Foxes from around Frankfort (say THAT a couple of times, huh?)
completed their tickets first in their Woodbadge Troop (must be
Mike L. Walton
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