Two Leaders, One MB Counselor?
Maj Jon Danner (dannerjm@C17MIS.WPAFB.AF.MIL)
Mon, 25 Sep 1995 12:34:17 -0400
I am confused on a particular aspect of Two-Deep leadership. It has to do
with merit badge counseling.
As I understand it, two-deep leadership means that you ALWAYS have to have
at least two adults with any group of scouts, whether it is a campout, troop
meeting, or driving in a car to/from an event. The only exception is merit
badge counseling. Here, instead of two leaders, it is only two people.
Another scout, a parent, or even a sibling is acceptable.
I do not understand why MB counseling is treated differently than a troop
meeting. The troop meeting, which requires two leaders, is usually held in
a public meeting area. Merit badge counseling is frequently held in the
I perceive the risk from a youth protection standpoint to be less at a troop
meeting than at merit badge counseling. Should troop meetings not follow
the same guidance as MB counseling?
Jon Danner, SM
Wright Brothers District
Miami Valley Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City