Re: Scouts: MB Advice
Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Tue, 21 Sep 1993 11:50:09 EDT
> From: Hilding Holroyd <email@example.com>
> Jimmy Sheldon a.k.a Boy Scout writes:
> > I was wondering: which MB should I earn first. I am currently a tenderfoot,
> > needing a scoutmaster conference and a board of review for second class.
> > 1. Family Life
> > 2. Auto Mechanics
> > 3. First Aid
> > 4. Citizenship in the Community
> > 5. Citizenship in the Nation
> > 6. Reading
> > 7. Medicine
> > Thanx for any help,
> Well, Jimmy,
> You do not supply your age or grade in school and to me those items are
> important for they tell me a bit about what you have learned there.
They also let us gauge how much time you have left to complete the requirements
> However, here are my recommendations:
> 1) FIRST AID - this is required for Eagle and it used to be required for
> First Class. You can attend Red Cross courses or get it
> quite easily at camp. Your Scoutmaster could also bring
> an instructor into your troop meetings.
This is one of the more difficult MBs. It is also required for BSA Lifeguard,
if you have that as one of your goals. It might be better to start with an
easier badge so you can get the feel of earning MBs without being overwhelmed
by the requirements.
> 2) FAMILY LIFE - no reason not to start this one
I agree. It will be required by the time you are an Eagle candidate and, from
what has been posted here, it is not too difficult to complete.
... other advice omitted for space ....
> Good luck to you (anyone else have any other ideas?)
My first question is: have you discussed this with your Scoutmaster? SPL? PL?
They know you far better than we do and could give you better advice IMO.
Were you a young man in my troop, I would counsel you to focus on getting
done with First Class. You have to get it before any MBs will do you any good
and it gets that bit of business out of the way so you can really concentrate
on doing a good job on the MBs.
Not that you shouldn't try to get a merit badge. I encourage all my guys under
First Class to try out one at summer camp (with no pressure to finish) just so
they see what earning MBs is all about. This last summer one of my not-yet-
Tenderfoot Scouts surprised me by completing the Rifle Shooting MB.
Remember also that you should have a buddy (who is working on the same MB,
preferably) any time you visit with a MB Counselor. That may also be a
consideration in which badge you choose.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City