Re: Merit Badge work at Summer Camp
Charlotte S. Jerscheid (cjersche@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 10:30:32 -0400
This discussion may have died a natural death while I was away at summer
camp (more about that later) but I wanted to add my 2 cents, since I now
have summer camp experience to talk about <g>...
At Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation (Baltimore Area Council's
camp), blue cards must be signed ahead of time on both the front
(certification that the Scout has met the minimum requirements to work on
the badge) and the "Applicant's Record" (middle card) before the camp MB
counselor will sign it. I see now, from discussions here, that perhaps
this is done to prevent a SM from holding the cards "hostage" because
he/she doesn't think the Scout "deserves" the MB. Two questions on this
(and I suppose I could look it up in my SM handbook): which part(s) of
the blue card get sent to Council along with the Advancement Report? How
much of a problem is it if the MB counselor forgets to sign the
applicant's record (but *did* sign the first card in the strip)?
As far as a "time limit," we were told at camp that the boys had a year
to complete the requirements on anything started at camp. The book (for
Swimming MB at least) specifically says there is no time limit on earning
the badge...it can take as long as the Scout needs to learn & complete
the requirements safely.
former ASM, Troop 13, BAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City