Michael J Pagelkopf (mjp2@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Tue, 8 Aug 1995 18:29:38 -0500
>From Pro Speak July 1995
"Changes have been made in the Boy Scout advancement program. The following
changes are effective September 1, 1995:"
**Eight merit badges will be dropped, including Agribusiness, Beekeeping,
Botany, Consumer Buy, General Science, Machinery, Masonry, and Metals
**For Tenderfoot rank, "Show first aid for frostbite and sunburn" will be
added to requirement 11b.
**For Tenderfoot rank, requirement 3b will read, "Demonstrate you know how
to tie the following knots and what their uses are: two half hitches and
the tautline hitch."
**For Second Class rank, "Demonstrate first aid for heatstroke, dehydration,
and hypothermia" will be added to requirement 6c.
**There will be alternate requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and
First Class for Scouts who have physical or mental disabilities
Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Ranks
1. The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than a
2. A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's disability
must be submitted by a physician licensed to practice medicine, or an
evaluation statement must be certified by an educational administrator. The
medical statement must state the doctor's opinion that the Scout cannot
complete the requirement(s) because of a permanent disability.
3. The Scout, his parents, or leaders may submit to the council advancement
committee a request that the Scout be allowed to complete alternate
requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank. The request
must explain the suggested alternate requirements in sufficient detail so as
to allow the advancement committee to make a decision. The request must
also include the medical statement required in paragraph two above.
4. The Scout msut complete as many of the regular requirements as his
ability permits before apply for alternate requirements.
5. The request for alternate requirements must be submitted to and approved
by the local council prior to completing alternate requirements.
6. The alternate requirements must be such a nature that they are as
demanding of effort as the current requirements.
7. When alternate requirements chosen involve physical activity, they must
be approved by the physician.
8. The unit leader and any board of review must explain that to attain
Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank, a candidate is expected to do
his best in developing himself to the limit of his resources.
9. The request must be approved by the council committee responsible for
advancement, using the expertise of professional persons involved in
Scouting for the disabled. The decision of the council committee should be
recorded and delivered to the Scout and his leader.
Given the recent discussion on requirements this announcement sends me to
the floor in wonderment. Pro Speak is the professional newsletter of BSA.
What appears above was in the July issue. As a unit leader have you been
notified? Gosh, my calendar shows September 1, 1995 to be just around the
corner. Look again, the word DEMONSTRATE is a part of the requirements.
I have posted the article for your information.
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Hiawatha District - Gamehaven Council S.E. Minnesota
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City