Merit Badge Counseling
James H. McCullars (mccullarsj@EMAIL.UAH.EDU)
Sat, 14 May 1994 00:55:01 -0500
Replying to Kathie Cerveny <kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU>:
--> ually serve (counsel) six boys. If this were not true, the
--> requirement would be more than stupid.
Don't mince words, tell us how you really feel. :-)
--> Do you have any idea of how many people are listed as MB counselors,
--> but who never get a call from a boy; district advancement committee;
Whose fault is that?
--> etc. The requirement is to help force volunteers to function as
--> MB counselors, not use the position as a "name only" position.
Well, I guess I'm guilty of that. As part of a Wood Badge ticket, I
agreed to promote the Computers merit badge in our district, including
serving as a counselor for one year. As part of that, I put together a 30-
minute presentation which included various mainframe and minicomputer
hardware components (I was always told that you can hold Scout-aged boys'
attention easier if they have something to hold in their hands). Anyway, I
got a list of Scoutmasters from the district office, and wrote to each of
them offering to come to one of their meetings and do the presentation.
Only one of them even bothered to respond, and it was an invitation to do
the show. However, I did not receive one single follow-up call from any
boys in his troop (or any troop other than my own, for that matter).
I reckon it's a good thing I didn't need that requirement to counsel six
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City