Re: Whitewater merit badge
Nathan Brindle (NBRINDLE@INDYCMS.BITNET)
Sun, 25 Sep 1994 18:08:59 EST
On Sun, 25 Sep 1994 18:26:31 -0400 Kerry Sipe said:
>On Sun, 18 Sep 1994, Ben Parker wrote:
>> ...Generally...the counselor is not allowed to modify the
>> performance requirements on any merit badge.
From the Boy Scout Requirements handbook:
'You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated--no more
and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the
requirements. If it says "show or demonstrate," that is what you
must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds
true for such words as "make," "list", "in the field," and "collect,"
"identify," and "label."'
> <stuff deleted>
>BEN: Thanks for your common-sense advice on my dilemma with Whitewater
>merit badge. I have always had the view that it was more important for
>the Scout to do his best and to learn something during the advancement
>process than it was to be too literal about the requirements, but it's
>obvious that other good Scouters have a different view.
This is true--but the requirements are the requirements. I once approved
several Canoeing MBs at camp when the aquatics director would not because
he added a test that was not in the requirements. "We were told to do
this at National Camping School." But it wasn't in the book. (It's been
so long ago I don't remember the specifics, just that I did it, and that
I was right and he was wrong.:) I have been known to refuse to accept
work that I knew the Scout could do better. Generally I get back a much
improved piece of work that is more in keeping with the capabilities of
Note that I have not read the discussion regarding your dilemma, I am
simply pointing out that the counselor <doesn't> have broad discretion
at <any> time, unless the badge has specific alternatives (i.e., for
handicapped Scouts). That has always been my read of the situation.
Your mileage may, of course, vary.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City