Re: Camping and Hiking MB Requirements
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Tue, 11 Jul 1995 13:15:46 -0500
>According to BSA advancement policy, Troop, Merit Badge Councilors,
>District, Councils and Scout Camps CANNOT change the requirements. The
>requirements for Hiking merit badge say:
> 3: Take five hikes of 10 continuous miles each, on 5 days
> 4: Take a hike of 20 continuous miles in 1 day
>Nowhere does it say that these hikes have to be part of an approved
>scouting event. Nor does it say that these hikes cannot be part of other
>work being done by the scout. A Troop cannot reject a scouts hiking merit
>badge because he made one, or all, of the hikes with his family, friends,
>church, school group etc.
>Also, the Councilor cannot require that they be present when the hikes take
>Similarly, the requirements for Camping say:
> 8: Show experience in camping by doing the following:
> (a) Camp a total of at least 20 days and 20 nights
> Camp each night under the sky or under a tent you
> have pitched. (You may use a week of summer camp
> as part of the 20 days and 20 nights)
>Again, the requirement does not distinguish camping as part of a scouting
>event from other camping. The only requirement is that the night be spent
>in a tent or under the sky, and not in a cabin.
One of the camping requirements spells out that the scout must help cook 5
meals for his patrol during the 20 nights. Since his patrol will only be
Scouting campout, that requirement must be done on a scouting event.
>If a scout feels that they have earned the merit badges or a rank
>advancement (especially Eagle) but were rejected because they did some of
>the camping or hiking outside of scout events, they would have a valid
Yes, but the real issue is verification of the activity actually being
completed, not where or when the activity is done.
If I were the counsellor, I would be hard pressed to accept in good faith
the statement of a parent without independant verification. If I go on the
activity, I can verify that it was done. If the boy's SM goes on the
activity, then the SM is independant verification. I know that a Scout is
trustworthy, but not everyone can estimate walking distances very well and
people's memories tend to get cloudy.
If the boy (and/or Dad) says they will go out and walk a 5 mile hike
Saturday, I want to see his route and have him fill out a log of the time
started, finished, sights and nature they saw during the walk. I'll accept
that as verification that they did the walk.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City