Sat, 8 Oct 1994 09:42:51 EDT
I would be inclide to lean awy from the rigidity that some others might
insist on. If this Scout's fomer Pack was in disarray in terms of its
advancement programme, it certainly wasn't the boy's fault. He accomplished
the work in good faith, and should be recognised for his efforts. Perhaps he
could be awarded the badge along with the statement that he accomplished the
requirements while a member of his former Pack, and that the award is finally
catching up with him?
Of course, you will need to give him a good counseling session in which you
outline the way requirements are accomplished in your Pack - most probably
without mentioning anything about how his former Pack "done him wrong".
We can't afford to be overly rigid with this sort of thing, especially at
this level. It's all too easy to hurt a child who is too young to have a good
appreciation for the contrast between how things are supposed to work and the
reality of the way in which they sometimes do.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City