Re: Scouts: MB Advice
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Tue, 21 Sep 1993 10:58:04 CDT
Boy Scout (Jimmy Sheldon) <Boy.Scout@P5.F219.N143.Z1.FIDONET.ORG> 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
Which one are *you* interested in?? At the Tenderfoot level in the
game, you don't need to be so concerned with earning required Merit
Badges (like First Aid or the Citizenships). What you need to do is
to sit down with the open _Scout_Handbook, and simply go through the
pages of the "non-required" badges and check those that appeal to you.
Then write those names down (if they're not many) and go back and
think about which ones you feel that you can earn with little or no
effort, which ones require more effort, and which ones you need a lot
of help with. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE REQUIRED ONES...yet...these are
the ones that *you* want to earn because you have an interest in them.
Naturally, Family Life and Reading are going to be easy for most
Scouts to earn, except for those Scouts that don't read regularly (and
they should, but...); Auto Mechanics is great if you're mechanically
inclined (and other than changing the tires and looking at the fluids,
I'm not); I don't have *any* interest in medicine (but *you* do, or
else you wouldn't have placed it as one of your choices); see what I
So, don't worry about the required ones yet...go to work on a Merit
Badge that *you* feel confortable about earning..and get to know the
Merit Badge counselor while you and another Scout are working on the
badge (you know that you HAVE to have another Scout to work with you,
right?? Ask your Scoutmaster to explain it if you don't understand!).
You'll find out that more than half the fun in earning ANY merit badge
is not the completion of the requirements, but instead, the getting to
know the person teaching the badge's skills to you!!
Good luck, Jimmy, and stay in touch!
Mike L. Walton
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