Re: MB Counselor 5 Badge Limit?
Stern Dixon (SDixon@AOL.COM)
Fri, 17 Nov 1995 09:05:46 -0500
I expect that limiting merit badge counselors for five badges will catch a
lot of heat. Personally, as our district Boy Scout Committee Chairman, I
don't have a problem with someone signing up to teach a dozen badges as long
as they vouch for being qualified. I really don't think it is unusual for
someone to be qualified to teach over a dozen badges. Any good Scouter ought
to be qualified to teach most of the Scout Skill badges (camping, cooking,
backpacking, etc.); they should be skilled in a few other "hobby" areas; and
they are likely skilled in an area related to their job. In addition, they
may also be a natural for such basic badges like personal mgmt., family life,
collections, etc. It sounds like your policy was developed to curb those one
or two scoutmasters who decide they can do it all alone (and don't do a very
good job). My recommendation, if this is the case, is to counsel
scoutmasters that a youth should not come for an eagle board of review with
more than a few badges signed off by the same person.
Meck. County Council, Charlotte, N.C.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City