Re: MB Counselors
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Sun, 13 Aug 1995 21:15:20 GMT
>The Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures Guide has some excepts
>from National's Policy statements which relate to advancement. This is
>about the 3rd page in (at work without a copy, the way things are going, I
>will soon be able to recite this book from memory). IT states that all
>Merit Badge Counselors (MBC) must be registered. This is of course related
>to Youth Protection. (YP).
>They register as a code 42. Most councils with computers can print their
>DISTRICT LISTS. Everyone on this list with a code 42 is a REGISTERED MBC.
>The problem is this print out will not tell you what the person is a
>counselor for. This is why the Council/District Advancement
>Chairs/Committee is responsible for maintaing this list. Unfortunately,
>these are volunteer people, and if they only do a so-so job, then things
>like this fall between the cracks in the floor. IF the useful MBC lists
>exists, most of the time, the council office will not have these. As they
>are maintained by the advancment committee at the District or Council
>level, those are the people you have to chase down to get the lists.
>A another note, most people working in the Scout office would not think to
>print a district list for codes 42 to just get a list of MBCs.
>Last note, Troop MBCs must register, even if they only teach for the unit.
>This is a NATIONAL POLICY, all MBCs must be registered. The only cost is
>the time to fill out the paper work!
>Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
>Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
>Instructor Trainer for Water Safety, American Red Cross, Ft Huachuca Station
>INTERNET: CHAGGERTY@BPA.ARIZONA.EDU Bitnet: CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET
>The requirements for Eagle are mostly trivial, any scout is capable. Doing
>them is what is significant, because most people never finish what they start.
You've gotten me confused with somebody else. I did not post concerning
merit badge counselors.
My last posting that touched on merit badges was in re a time limit for
earning them, wherein I stated:
>>>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
>You are correct. All ambiguity has been removed from this issue. The
>1995 printing of the 1994 edition of the "Advancement Policies and
>Procedures Committee Guide", No. 33088, states in bold print at the
>bottom of page 19:
>"There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18."
>Yours in Scouting,
In our council, we have district merit badge counselor lists, and it
works well for us. Our districts are mostly small in size, both
geographically and in membership size (1000-2000 youth members).
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City