Re: MB Counselor 5 Badge Limit?
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Mon, 27 Nov 1995 07:07:16 -0700
>> > I'd be willing to wager that I could sign off all 21 merit badges for a
>> > brand new scout to make Eagle, and aside from time in grade, no one would
>> > notice.
>> > Do I sense a need for improvement here??
I do not agree that something needs to change. Rather like worrying about
the Army overthrowing the government. Yeah, sure, it could happen if
someone was badly motivated and everyone else was asleep as they went along
for the ride. But how likely is it.
>> What method do you propose to audit the qualifications of MB counselors,
>> and audit whether the person signing a blue card is a registered scouter?
Merit badge counselors are supposed to be registered presently, thus the
name can be checked against an adult regisration roster. The Scoutmaster
and the advancement chairman are the ones to check the blue cards for
sincerity. I do know a young man who knocked off nearly 100 badges by the
time he was 14, but he lived far from anywhere, and had very little else to
do. He did a lot of counseling on the phone or by mail, or immediately
after school on a day when his father would be driving him home later. As I
was going to have to approve his Eagle Project and sit on his Board, I did
some calling around to see if this was the genuine article. He was.
Speaking of burnout, he has taken a turn for the worst lately. The OA would
have been great for him, but he acquired a "been there, done that" attitude
toward scouts about a year after making Eagle and without having been
elected yet. OA was new to his troop, and some older boys were elected at
times he might otherwise have been.
If we try to anticipate and prevent every evil which might result from a
group of adults abusing the BSA rules and regulations, we will have rules
and regs that look like the Internal Revenue Code. Better to trust in
training the adults what Scouting is all about, and that the other boys
will blow the whistle if "johnny" is advancing fraudulently.
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