Re: Overseas MB counselors
S.M. White (RETUSN04@AOL.COM)
Mon, 4 Dec 1995 19:22:09 -0500
I know how you feel being out there in Bangladesh, I just came from the
country of Iceland where I too was in the DSC. Scouting takes on a whole new
meaning that the people in the US just can't realize.
As far as the MBC,s we used as many American as we could to be the
councelors, it cut down on the problems with using :host nationals" we had a
US military base near us and that worked out great. I understand that you may
not have that benefit. Yes allot of peolpe will end up having to be a merit
badge counselor for allot of MB's.... I was a conselor for 10 different MB's.
Be flexable and tell the National Office in Texas what you are doing....they
never told me no. I in question fax them a letter and they will get back to
Something that you will run across is electing scouts into the Order of the
Arrow. You must follow the rules to get into the OA...the OA is tight on that
as they should be. Again the National Ofiice is supportive. The tricky part
is the requirement for the 7 days camping at a camp...you may not have a
scout camp near you...use the Bangladesh camp...I used the Icelanders
......if not do the best you can...National will not get upset at you as long
as you really try to meet the "letter of the Law"
Always remember this....you are really on your own out there. We had 5 scouts
make Eagle while we were in Iceland. We did the paper work, crossed the T's
and dotted the I's and National always said yes to making the Boys eagle
To give you an idea, I was an Ass't SM, the Chapter Advisor to the OA....we
promoted 3 to Brotherhood and 5 to Ordeal and I was a MBC.
Questions give me a shout and I'll try to look up the National phone #'s for
you. Always remember to order allot of patches....trading is wild
overseas...good luck and enjoy
Stephen M. White LCDR USN (ret)
Round Table Commissioner
South Bend, In
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