parents signing off requirements
Don Tolin (dont@TRIB.COM)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 08:18:48 -0600
Our district/council allows SM and ASM's to sign off for camping, hiking,
and cooking merit badges. Our SM and ASM's are also merit badge counselors.
Most of us would not be in our particular troop and position unless our boys
were active in the troop.
As to MB's the SM/ASM can sign, if it is one of our own children involved,
and there are not enough other leaders to sign off a requirement, the SM/ASM
will sign his child's application as unit leader for the MB and the other
leader will sign off as the counselor. That way two different signatures are
on the MB card.
If the SM/ASM is a registered MB Counselor because of expertise in a
particular field, he signs off as a counselor, and the other SM/ASM signs
off as unit leader.
I have sat in with our SM and his son, at the request of our SM, when his
son had completed all of the requirements for a particular badge that his
father is counselor for, and I have listened to the answers and responses as
we went down the list of requirements and I quizzed him on how he completed
that particular requirement. It also helped, to have had personal knowledge
of his actual experiences that he described. His father signed off as MB
Counselor and I signed off as unit leader.
At least two-deep leadership at all activities helps make this work, and
then the boys are not penalized because their parent(s) are involved with
the troop in a leadership position such as SM/ASM and/or MB counselors.
When we do BOR's, we do exclude the parent from being on the BOR. This is
our quality control!
Don Tolin, Casper, Wyoming, USA,
ASM[Trained] Troop 60, Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner[Trained],
CR[Trained] and MC[Trained] Cub Scout Pack 30, Riverbend District,
Central Wyoming Council, BSA, "I used to be a beaver..." W5-638-95
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