Re: Merit Badge purposes
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 14:45:19 -0500
On Feb 06, 1996 11:32:10, 'Tom Petrik <EC92@AOL.COM>' wrote:
>And to further reinforce Chris' statements, the Advancement policies and
>Procedures guidelines states that one of the purposes of merot badge
>instruction is to get "a boy...to develop socially...", hardly something
>can be done if he sees the same counselors and leaders over and over
I never said I had any problem with the concept of a Scout seeing strangers
for MBs. I agree with it whole heartedly and encourage our Scouts to do
so. What I said was that this was not part of the stated policy and so we
could not prevent a troop from using in-house counselors.
I had, indeed, missed the reference in the mb counseling brochure to which
Chris referred but, again, I think this is really an issue of educating the
troops, rather than trying to dictate any of this because a Scout can go to
any mb counselor, seeing strangers is NOT policy.
The SM gives the Scout the names of the counselors so he is in the position
to spread it around if he chooses to do so. Therefore, the job is to
educate the SM that it is in the Scout's best interests to do so.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City