Re: Skating Merit Badge issue
Paul Weimer (weimerpl@HOMER.NWSCC.SEA06.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 14:15:31 -0500
I usually do not reply to these items, unless I feel rather strongly about
the issue. Refer to page 12 of the 1995-97 Boy Scout Requirements manual.
Under requirements, it says "You are expected to meet the requirements
AS THEY ARE STATED-NO MORE AND NO LESS" By nonuniformly adjusting the
requirements, you are watering down the meaning of the badge to the scouts
that DID meet the stated requirements. If the requirements are wrong, or too
strict, then there are BSA channels to influence change. The MB Counselor
is technically obligated to the "NO MORE AND NO LESS" evaluation. On the
disabilities issue, I am aware that for certain merit badges/scout rank
requirements there are "alternate requirements" so established permitting
disabled scouts to achieve rank and merit requirements.
Is it fair for a child to work two years to shoot the duck when another
did not, would not, or could not ? What about issuing the Rifle Shooting
merit badge to scouts who could not shoot straight or Swimming merit badge
to scouts who could not swim 150 yards. The point is, the requirements exist
and the BSA has directives for maintining uniformity across all troops.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City