Re: Merit Badges
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Mon, 12 Sep 1994 10:31:16 -0500
If I can also add another item to what Robert said.
> The date the counselor put on the applicant's copy is the final say on when
> the merit badge can be used for advancement (which is what I think you are
> asking). Having played Eagle advisor now to four scouts, I can tell you
> they MUST keep this portion of the blue card since council offices can and
> often DO make mistakes in entering these dates in their records. It can
> be a truly frightening experience to say to a scout that he can't be an
> Eagle because when he got Star he didn't have the merit badge he used for it.
> The date on the applicant's record is what counts.
In order to obtain the merit badge, you had to complete an advancement form
with the Scouts Name, Date of completion, and Merit Badge. It is a three
part form, white for Council Service Center, pink for District Advancement,
and green for the UNIT. Yes the form changed back in 1988-1990 time frame.
The Unit has those green sheets somewhere, maybe the Advancement Chairman or
Scoutmaster, possibly? This can be used as a source for the date.
The Merit Badge counselor should also keep his part of the blue card.
Jay Bemis, I am a good ole Beaver (NE CS-48) your mileage may vary!
former Scoutmaster Troop 37, Mohegan Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City