Re: Overseas MB counselors
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Fri, 1 Dec 1995 11:08:49 -0600
Dave Atwood wrote:
>I am a new member of this network, and Chairman of a Boy Scout troop
>committee in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where Scouting is strong and growing.
[note to everyone: this represents the FIRST posting from an *active* member
of the Direct Service Council, BSA!!! Welcome Dave!!]
> We are
>a BSA troop, chartered by the American International School of Dhaka. If you
>are with a similar overseas BSA troop, I would very much appreciate your
>Until this year we were a very young troop, but now we have a number of boys
>beginning to work on merit badges and at least one who will likely be an
>Eagle some day. So how do we register our merit badge counselors?
Dave, you register them as if they are being registered by the Direct
Service Council: have them to fill out an application and send it in the
next advancement report to the Direct Service Council's office in Texas.
The Council office will take it from there. There is no charge for merit
badge counsellors to be registered, and according the BSA's YPP, they must
be registered. There IS an exception for Direct Service Council (DSC)
members, read on.
> There are
>plenty of resource folks here, US citizen and otherwise, but we don't know
>how to get them registered as merit badge counselors.
The DSC has a "standing policy" that non-US citizens may serve as MB
counsellors subject to the approval of the Chartered Organizational
Represenative (that's the person at the International School). They CANNOT
register as MB counsellors and when you send the merit badge cards to DSC,
you need to note that they are NOT "registered MB counsellors". You need to
get with the Asia-Pac DE and make sure that this is CURRENT practice in view
of the BSA's Youth Protection Policies (it was the last time I had
interaction with DSC Scouting, which was about four years ago)!!
> We also fear that if
>they are not registered, then for boys who one day make Eagle, their hard
>work on merit badges will not count, and they will not be awarded their Eagle
>rank. Also, given the highly mobile expatriate community here, many boys
>come into our troop with Blue merit badge cards half completed, or move away
>with them half completed. Is this a problem, or can the MB counselor who
>signs off on final MB completion simply accept the signatures of the earlier
>MB counselors who "signed off" on some of the requirements before the boy
>moved to, or away from, Bangladesh?
Sure they can, just like "partials" can be given by counsellors at camp.
The old MB counsellor must sign a statement (or initial on some versions of
the "blue (merit badge application) card") which requirements were completed
and the date. The statement or initials need to be photocopied and kept by
All the Council wants is the final signature, and in the case of the DSC,
they depend upon the unit to verify that the counsellor is "official",
registered or not. Of course, I'm going to say to have the counsellor to
fill out the application and send it in...there's not a cost, and the
counsellor gets additional information(?) on how to be a better MB
Counsellor (as well as SME
"will you pleases") from the DSC.
With regard to the " personal recordkeeping", may I suggest what my father
did for me: create a notebook with the name, address and APO of the merit
badge counsellor for the three MBs I'd earn when the Azores were briefly a
part of DSC. I still have those names around here someplace, and it can
help (I didn't need it, but I had it "just in case") come Eagle Board of
The DSC *IS* a "local Council", and merit badges earned by DSC Scouts are no
different than merit badges earned by Scouts here in Henderson,
Kentucky...unless you count the WAY they were earned (in the farm fields of
Bangledesh as opposed to the farm fields of northwestern Kentucky).
>Appreciate your insight and advice.
Hey Dave....please share with us how Scouting is done there, since many here
aren't familiar with BSA Scouting done anywhere except Germany, Tokyo, or
For instance, where did you go to summer camp this past summer? How did you
recruit your Scouts? How cooperative is the International School as opposed
to the local school system here in Kentucky, or Ohio, or Rhode Island?
What's the weather like there? Is there a large problem getting your Scouts
to wear their uniforms there? What's the impact on wearing the US Flag
patch while you are doing things there in Bangladesh? You know....questions
like that *grinning*
I hope this helps out somewhat, and again, WELCOME! I am SURE that you will
get lots of requests for DSC CSPs and OA flaps as well as for insignia
native to your host nation.
Stay warm and dry!
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