Re: Mbadge Counseling
Pat Rada (PRADA@HEMKOSYS.COM)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 16:07:44 LCL
> Bert Austin (AUSTIN@ANLAPS.APS.ANL.GOV) wrote:
> [text deleted]
> Several troops I am familiar with hold Merit Badge classes for the
> Troop. [text deleted]
> I have been lead to believe that Merit Badge work should be on the
> boy's own initiative, the boy should have to contact the counselor
> individually, and have his knowledge/work judged by an impartial party.
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> Some of these practices seem to eliminate the independence and
> individual initiative of the boy and run contrary to the intent
> of the program.
When I was a Scout we always had merit badge (MB) classes. However, we
haven't held MB classes in my troop for a number of years for the reasons
OTOH, we've had some difficulty with Scouts earning merit badges. This is a
particular problem when they are just beginning to work on MBs. So we're
now testing the merit badge class waters again. The plan is to provide the
facility to work on the MB, not do the work for the Scout. The scenario is
similar to a classroom where a teacher allows students to work in class and
guides students through a project, but the students have to show their own
initiative and complete the project outside of class.
> I have sometimes found that a boy's father will sign up as a MB
> counselor and sign his own boy's application.
In my opinion this represents a conflict of interest and should not be
allowed. I feel it runs along the same lines as parents not serving on
their son's boards of review. However, I'm not aware of any National policy
on the subject.
Patrick Rada firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Scoutmaster, Troop 57 Des Plaines Valley Council 147
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