Re: HELP International Experts!
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 25 Oct 1993 17:02:00 MST
I have no experience with this situation, but since no one elese seems to
be responding, I will try to give you some ideas.
First you need to get a good handle on this youths background. Find out
about his camping, did he do a lot overseas? This will anwer many second
class, first class and camping merit badge requirements. Does he know
other basics for the Tenderfoot-First class requirements. He does not have
to be 100 percent, but I would expect him to be able to identify some
plants from his native land, have done some hiking, etc...
Use the requirements as a check list and discuss all thsi with the youn
man. Now return to the merit badges. Get camping merit badge information
from him, then inquire did he do the cooking when camping? Did he plan the
menu, (yes I am leading up to cooking merit badge). Continue along this
line, ask about any work he may have done in his scouting program which can
be fitted into a BSA merit badges.
Count the completed merit badges (including required). Check for service
work, scout spirt, and by all means be sure he know the BSA Scout Law and
Document this all as well as you can and then take it to the district
advancment chairman. Go over it with him and answer questions. Let him
take it to the council level and then have everyone get together to decide
what rank to award the youth in BSA as his BSA starting point.
This is going to take some work and time, but the better you document
everything, the less likely you are to have problems if the young man
finishes what the Council advancment committee decides is required for
If I were working on this, I would try and find as many non-required merit
badges I could that this young many could be consider having done. It is
my feeling that many of the required merited badges will be required for
the foreign scout to complete for Eagle. Even those like camping and First
Aid which he should be able to get credit for will not get him to far along
on the required list. In addition, if you go in with a goal of getting
say 15 non-required merit badges approved, it is more likely that at least
10 of them will be approved (not that he will actually get the merit
badges, but he will get credit for them toward his Eagle Requirements.)
I hope these ideas help a bit.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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