Merit Badge Counselors
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 11:31:38 -0600
I refer you to the Advancement Guidelins booklet (updated just about
annually) in which you will find the information on Merit Badge counselors.
Anyone who is approved by the district and council advancement committee may
serve for the badges for which they are approved.
LDS Scouting is apart from the normal program, and I would certainly
hesitate to state what the LDS Scouting program allows as far as MB
Counselors. Keeping in mind that that Church has been running a separate
and quite different program for many years, and uses Scouting as part of the
Any one in a troop (even leaders) can serve as MB Counselors if they
complete an application as a MB counselor; complete a list of badges they
wish to counsel for; and are approved by the district and council level
advancement committes. The top unit leader (i.e. SM) usually handles
camping and cooking because he/she is there, but there is absolutely no
reason why he/she can't be a MB counselor in fields they have expertise in.
However --- we MUST keep in mind that the MB couselor program has an
ulterior motive --- one that many leaders and good meaning Scouters tend to
ignore or go around --- the whole thrust of our movement is to prepare this
young boys to be participating, skilled, leaders, and the best person they
can be. In that, they must learn how to approach strangers; deal with them;
set and accomplish goals; communicate; cooperate; work together. ALL of
which is within the MB program IF worked as written. Do NOT shield your
boys from learning how to deal with strangers. The world is full of them.
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