Re: uniforming & merit badges
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 13:53:55 CST
On Wed, 29 Nov 1995 15:06:04 EST hilding holroyd said:
>Merit badges are part of the program. Review them with your Scouts.
>Bring counselors into the meeting. Ask Scouts questions about the MB
>at Board of Review time. If you are not satisfied that they "properly"
>passed all requirements, don't send any more Scouts to that counselor.
>Build them into the troop program. Many relate to requirements for the lower
I think including merit badge activities in troop meetings is great unless
they become a substitute for an overall program. I don't think "classes"
should be a part of the regular troop meeting but learning something should
be. A MB counselor can provide expertise for program, but they shouldn't be
As for not sending any more scouts to a counselor. As a Scout, we had to
select a counselor from the "council" approved list. Unfortunately, I once
used an out-of-date list. I contacted the listed counselor and he signed
me off on the MB (without a lot of work). When the MB went to council, they
turned it down. I had to contact one of the currently approved counselors
and re-do the MB. This time, I felt like I really passed it. (BTW, he had
no problem with me using the materials I had submitted to the bogus counselor).
I know of two other scouts who had similar situations and had to contact a
I later learned that the council really did keep an eye on counselors to be
sure that they were following the requirements. If they didn't, they were
dropped from the list. In the case of my bogus counselor, he was convicted
for borrowing county funds several years later. The council office may have
known something the public didn't!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City