Need an address at National about MB quality control
Larry T. Heidkamp (heidkamp@EMSYS.MA30.BULL.COM)
Mon, 1 Aug 1994 17:53:40 -0400
I need the name and address of someone at National to copy on a letter I am
send to a camp director regarding the story below.
5 of my Scouts just returned from a provisional week at summer camp with the
MB blue card. Family Life is not a MB usually offered at the camp and they did
advance approval to take the badge.
It seems that somehow a 'rogue' MB councelor got into camp and with the
troop's SM approval spent the day working with the Scouts in the camp on Family
Needless to say I very upset when I found out. The councelor used the
troop as a 'second family' to get around the lack of the real family. I don't
how he worked around the 90 day recording requirement. After talking to the
the real requirements, they agreed that they did not earn the badge. I told
them that I
cannot accept the blue cards and send in an advancement report.
I now have 5 disappointed Scouts, 4 sets of parents angry at me (one set of
unfortunately is my CC, another is on the committee and another is the person
supposed to be my replacement in the near future) (one set of parents agree with
and a wife who would divorce me after 17 years and 5 kids if I don't stand my
I plan to write a letter to the boys to make sure they know that they did
that the problem was caused by the adults at camp. I'll also explain that no
what I do now it is unfair to someone. I'll also include a copy of the
I'll also send a letter to the camp director, with copies to the parents, my
Commisioner (I expect trouble from my committee before too long), the Council
Executive and to someone at National. I'll hold the camp director directly
for the problem, ask that he write a letter to all the Scouts who received
blue cards and their SMs explaining the situation and suggesting that they
badge and asking that he work with the SE to have the MB councelor 'unapproved'.
also include a copy of what I send to the Scouts.
I plan to write a draft of both letters tonight (Monday) and to write the final
tomorrow night. If you have any suggestions on what else I should do let me
SM Troop 25
I'd appreciate any advice you may have on how to handle the problem
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