Re: Skating Merit Badge issue
Kerry W. Sipe (sipe@INFI.NET)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 15:41:36 -0500
On Fri, 1 Mar 1996, Paul Weimer wrote:
> If the requirements are wrong, or too strict, then there are BSA
> channels to influence change.
Let me add my "amen" to Paul's point about sticking to the letter
of the law on merit badge requirements.
I have several boys in my troop who are pretty doggone good
whitewater canoests. We have a really good training program
for whitewater and have done a couple of major trips a year
for several years.
When BSA initiated the Whitewater merit badge several years ago, the
boys were excited about earning it. So far, none has -- not one.
The reason is a requirement that requires the Scout to accomplish
the "English gate" maneuver, a complex series of turns through
fixed bouys, within a two-minute time period. Even our best
canoeists could not perform the exercise within the time limit.
We took a series of videotapes and submitted them to the folks
in Irving, Texas, along with letters expressing our view that the
requirement was beyond the reach of even very good Boy Scout
Well, the new reprinting of the Whitewater merit badge pamphlet
arrived in our service center recently. The "English gate"
is now a "Scout gate" required about half the maneuvers of the
orignal requirement and the time penalties for touching the
gate have been cut in half.
It's taken awhile, but our Scouts can now earn their merit
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