Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Wed, 15 Feb 1995 10:08:11 -0600
On Wed, 15 Feb 1995, Kathie Cerveny wrote:
> I am sorry to disagree about the Board of Review being extremely
> inappropriate for reviewing of merit badges. That is specifically
> called out as one of the areas that must be checked.
> This is extremely appropriate as there are very few checks on the MB
> counselors and the quality of the work being done. The boy has
> learned absolutely nothing if he can not remember enough to be
> reviewed on his work. That is, after all, the purpose of the BOR.
> Sorry, but I have been training too long to let anyone think we should
> not review the areas we are charged to review.
A review is just that. Yes, badges should be reviewed, but in the light
of "what did you do for Skiing?" or "what did you learn from keeping your
90-day record of your finances in Personal Management?". The review
should not be a retesting session. If there are questions regarding the
counselling, these should be taken up with the counsellor at a private
meeting not related to the BOR. A boy should remember concepts from
badges, but he may not remember exact specifics on every requirement. A
large part of the BOR should center on the boy's concept of leadership
as well as understanding of the principles of the Oath and Law. "What
does the statement, A Scout is Obedient, mean to you?" There is a
difference between review and re-testing. That's why it is a Board of
Review and not a Board of Retesting.
SM, Troop 7
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City