Merit Badge Work
Carey Probst (hcprobst@NETHEAVEN.COM)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 09:20:41 +0000
After seeing several questions about time limits, etc. I decided it
was time to add my .02 since I didn't see a response from the
First, there is no time limit on partials for merit badges. If
excessive time has passed, the counselor may want to verify that the
scout has the required knowledge, but there is no hard and fast rule
that says that work over ? months old has to be redone.
When I do a rifle shooting or shotgun shooting badge, if a scout went
through part of the program earlier, it still counts. However, as a
safety freak, I do make him do the safety and range rules over as a
Second, what gets turned into council is very much a council
decision. At Twin Rivers, in addition to the normal advancement
report, we submit a merit badge report listing the scout, badge, and
the mb counselor for the badge. This is to ensure that the counselor
is on the approved counselor list. Theoretically, the Dist. Adv.
Chairman checks all sheets for valid counselors and contacts the
troop if the counselor is not approved.
When I was Dist. Adv. Chr., the policy was not to reject the badge,
but to get the counselor registered. Don't know what the policy is
now, but I don't think my replacement is checking since he hasn't
questioned some out of council counselors.
As for the blue card, there are several sections. The first is the
SM's permission for the scout to take the badge which should be
signed before starting the class. The second is the troop record
which should be signed by the SM when the badge is finished and
recorded. The third is the scout's record which is signed by the
counselor when completed. This may be the most important of all
since it is what will be used to verify the badge should the troop
and council not have a record of the badge. (Trust me, this happens)
This is especially true when a scout transfers from one council to
another, as often council records are hard to get and transfer forms
are not always provided. In this case, the cards are all the scout
has to prove a badge when it is time for his Eagle.
Troop 16 used to be pretty lax about blue cards, but since having
several cases of lost records (council totally lost one entire set of
summer camp records which were turned in at camp) and not finding out
about the problem until a scout went for Eagle, we have seen the
light. The records were lost before I was SM, but the loss was
discovered while doing my first Eagle as SM.
>From: Milt Forsberg <miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU>
>The policy on partials seems to be local. Your camp, troop, advancement
>committee, or other body can determine the expiration. Our camp accepts
>partials up to a year. An individual Merit Badge Counsellor can accept
>whatever he wants (unless there are strict guidelines by the
>council/district advancement committee).
I would have to disagree with this. The local council does not have
the authority to change the requirements or place restrictions on a
badge, how many badges a counselor may be registered for, or what
counselors a boy may use for a badge. The council/district committee
cannot overrule national's policies. Twin Rivers tried, but a call
to TJ before he retired settled the problem.
Carey Probst, email@example.com
Saratoga Springs, NY
Adv. Chr., Troop 16, Saratoga Dist. Comm., Twin Rivers Council
Brotherhood Member, Ganienkeh Lodge 19
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