Merit Badges & Uniforms
Randy Bernstein (RBERN@AOL.COM)
Fri, 1 Dec 1995 16:58:13 -0500
I believe that the Scout troop should encourage and guide the boys towards
earning badges. What I mean by this is that the troop should offer an
opportunity to meet one requirement or learn about a couple of requirements
but, should not have "Merit Badge sessions" where all requirements are met
and everyone gets a badge.
For example, going on camping trips or hikes with the troop helps qualify for
the Camping and Hiking MB's. However, there is also quite a bit that the boy
must learn and do, in addition to participating in these couple of events and
should explore these on his own or with a buddy.
Another example would be to have a paramedic team teach first aid to the
troop. But, and this is a big BUT (only one 'T', if you please) the boys
should not be signed off on any requirements, unless the requirement is
specifically "attend a training session..." The responsibility to seek out a
counselor and prove that the requirements have been met should be up to the
Have any troops tried to buddy up a more advanced boy with a newer one? This
should be done carefully so incompatible boys are not put together. The more
advanced boy would help the new one start earning rank as well as badges,
giving guidance, support, and encouragement. Perhaps the advanced boy could
even be the one presenting the award. This is just an idea I had, please let
me know if any has tried it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City