Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 13:09:33 -0500
On Feb 02, 1996 09:51:38, 'Richard Russell <lderlore@XMISSION.COM>' wrote:
>The unit leaders may not be counsellors for more than camping and cooking
MBs. (Or something like that, >at least those two and maybe one or two
Actually, unit leaders and anyone else can counsel any merit badges for
which they are qualified, without any limitation on number of badges
counseled. Also, there is no such thing as any leader automatically being
a counselor for any badge, including camping or cooking. If they are
qualified they can sign up, if not they can't counsel the badge.
>The whole idea of MB counsellors is so the boy will interact with other
adults of the community besides his >own parents and Scout leaders.
While many of us may feel that this is an admirable benefit of the merit
badge program I don't believe that you will find, anywhere in writing, that
one of the purposes of the mb program is for the Scout to interact with
strangers. It IS the purpose of the mb program for the Scout to interact
with counselors who are qualified individuals in the subjects that they
Again, while many of us feel that a Scout should not take a mb with his
parent as counselor, policy specifically allows this.
All of this can be found in the latest edition of what used to be called
Bruce E. Cobern
Dan Beard District
Queens Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City