Merit Badge Counselors
Don E. Robinson, M.D. (WA4YYM@AOL.COM)
Fri, 10 Feb 1995 01:17:34 -0500
Hello to all,
I am interested in knowing how others deal with this problem. A few
years ago the BSA began requiring all Merit Badge Couselors to register with
the Council. No fee to be paid. Just register. Several of us who are troop
leaders (I am an assistant Scoutmaster) thought we would register as Merit
Badge Counselors in fields in which we had expertise. For example, I am a
medical doctor, so I registered for First Aid Merit Badge, etc..
When one of our scouts went up for his Eagle Board of Review, the
Chairman of the Eagle Board "disallowed" 5 or 6 of his Merit Badges because
they had been signed off by counselors who were not listed on the District
Merit Badge Counselor Official List.
What happened then caused a major furor. We (those of us in the troop
leadership) felt that since we had been properly approved as Merit Badge
Counselors by the Council (which we had) that we should have been able to
pass off this young man on those respective Merit Badges which he indeed
passed. The Chairman of the Eagle Board, who also maintains the Official
District Merit Badge Counselor List said "no-way". Only District-approved
Couselors would be accepted.
While I understand that one of the purposes of the Merit Badge program is
to introduce Scouts to other adults, other than their own Scout leaders, why
can we be excluded from being counselors if we are indeed qualified and get
Does this mean that as Council-certified Merit Badge Counselors we could
not teach and pass Scouts from any District in the Council?
I would like your thoughts and expertise on this issue.
Don E. Robinson M.D.
Asst. Scoutmaster Troop 10
Cherokee Area Council (GA-TN)
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