Advancement at Home
Carey Probst (hcprobst@NETHEAVEN.COM)
Wed, 29 Nov 1995 07:45:41 +0000
Motivating the scouts to work on MBs outside of the troop meeting can
be difficult, but it can be done much the same as scouts can be
taught to come to meetings on time, meet for trips on time, etc.
When I was Troop 16 SM, at first MB classes seemed to last for ever.
Scouts never brought in assignments and expected to do everything in
the troop meetings or that the classes would last until they had
It didn't take long to figure out that if we set a schedule for the
length of the MB class which was reasonable and stuck to it, the
scouts learned to get assignments finished on time or they would have
to work out the make up time with the counselor at his/her
At first, they complained, but eventually they learned. Certainly
not every scout earned each badge, but that's life. Nowhere does it
say attending meetings and classes is sufficient to pass.
We let the counselor set his/her (English really needs a gender
neutral pronoun other than it) own schedule based on the badge, but
once the scheduled time is over, completion is the responsibility of
Good luck with yours.
Carey Probst, email@example.com
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