Re: Merit Badge Blue Cards
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Tue, 14 Feb 1995 17:45:11 PST
>Somebody mentioned something about submiting a part of the blue card to the
>When did this occur? I have a blue card in front of me, and it has three
>parts: One part is the councelors record, one part is the troop record, and
>the middle part is the scout's record. I cannot find any part that is
>submitted to the council.
I am the guilty culprit who posted the message to which you are referring.
We give the Troop record portion of the merit badge "blue card" to the
council service center, along with the advancement report. The service
center will not accept it, otherwise. The green copy of the advancement
report serves as the proof that the "blue cards" were accepted as valid.
Thus, when a Scout believes that he has completed the last merit badge he
needs for the rank of Eagle Scout, all that it is necessary for the Troop
leader to do is to bounce the list of merit badges against the Troop copy of
each advancement report. I note the dates of the reports and then go to the
council office and locate those advancement reports, so as to make sure that
the council's copies are complete and accurate. So far, since November of
1990, I have never encountered a discrepency. Nevertheless, in accordance
with Murphy's Law, the one time I do not
Thus, when the District Advancement Chairman checks the merit badges and
dates of rank claimed by the Scout on his application for Eagle Scout, there
is never a discrepency. If I ever do find a problem, I'll get it
satisfactorally resolved well before the District Advancement Chairman does
I firmly believe that it is my job to ensure that the paperwork is squared
away before a Scout of mine stands in front of the Eagle Scout board of review.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris, email@example.com
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Ventura County Council, BSA
National Woodbadge 416, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
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