Re: Merit Badge work at Summer Camp
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 23:17:33 -0400
On Tue, 18 Jul 1995 "Charlotte S. Jerscheid" <cjersche@CAPACCESS.ORG> said:
>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.
This is incorrect! The first part (front) of the MB card gets signed by
the SM before the Scout starts on the MB and certifies that he is qualified
to take the MB (whatever that means under the current structure). The
second SM signature is a receipt to the Scout (who keeps that part of the
MB card) that the Scout has turned in a completed, signed, MB card to the
SM to be submitted to the Council for recording. This is the Scout's proof
that he has earned the MB should the "Certificate" portion of the MB card
get lost. Thus, it is improper for the SM to sign the "Applicant's Record"
until it has been signed by the MB counselor and the Scout has turned in
the "Certificate" portion for recording. You should let the Advancement
Committee of your Council or District know that the procedures being used
at your camps is not proper.
>which part(s) of the blue card get sent to Council along with the
The only part that is supposed to be submitted to the Council office is the
"Certificate" portion. The "Counselor Record" never gets to the SM as it
is kept by the counselor. The "Applicant's Record" stays with the Scout as
his receipt (see above). If both parts are sent to the Council and get
lost there is no record signed by both the Counselor and the SM to verify
the completion of the badge.
>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)?
If the "Certificate" portion is lost, the lack of a signature on the
"Applicant's Record" could be a problem.
>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.
This is incorrect and has been dealt with specifically this summer in a
notice sent to Councils that there is NO time limit on the completion of
partials and that all literature is being revised to make this crystal
Bruce E. Cobern
Dan Beard District
Queens Council, NY
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