Re: MBs and the Handicapped Scout
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Tue, 1 Aug 1995 11:36:20 EDT
Cheryl Singhal writes:
> Sharpen your opinions, ladies and gentlemen!
> Among the Scouts I am currently counseling for an MB is one who does not
> appear to have the mental ability to comprehend some of the material.
> His ASMs seem to share this view although none come out and admit it.
> So -- what to do on those requirements? (Show why ... discuss the
> differences... compare ... type requirements.)
> Play hard-ball and withhold the badge although he is quite clearly DOING
> HIS BEST?
> Marshmallow in and give it to him?
> I can defend either side and it's NOT a required MB.
IMHO, it is always up to the MB counselor whether or not a Scout
has completed the requirements. If you believe that this Scout has
done his best and is not capable of doing any better, I'd say
"give him the badge". Much of the time it comes down to a matter
of judgement on the "show ... discuss" type requirements, anyway.
Please be aware that I am not trying to degrade the type of
quality work that a Scout should show when working on a merit badge.
There are special circumstances for special needs. There have been times
that I, within the bounds of the requirements, expected a bit more of
one Scout over another. Case in point, I am a counselor for Family Life.
I would expect a 16-17 year old to have projects that showed a bit more
hard work, maturity and planning than those that I would expect from an 11 year
You certainly would not be "Marshmallow'ing in". Especially if the young
man works hard at what he CAN do.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
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