Re: Religious Emblem and Merit Badges
Stephen Allan Mintz (samintz@INFOCOMM.NET)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 07:25:17 -0500
Murphy Peter wrote:
> Please provide your opinion on the following idea. [snip]
> Should the rank requirements be changed so that a Scout may
> substitute his religious emblem in place of an optional merit badge
> in meeting the total of 21 for Eagle? The required merit badges
> would remain the same. But the work done for the religious emblem
> would be counted as equivalent to one of the many optional merit
I do not like the idea of reducing the number of merit badges a Scout
must earn to attain the rank of Eagle.
I submit the following data from personal experience:
In the last 6 years I have been priviledged to have 13 Eagle Scouts. 9
Earned their respective religious awards, 11 had over 21 merit badges.
A Scout will rise to the level that is expected of him. I causually
mensioned to a Scout at his Scoutmasters conference that he would be
my first without the religious award (he did not have far to go on it)
and he finished it on the day of his Board of Review.
I was disapointed that when Family Life was added to the required badges
that the number of badges was not increased.
This country has been "liberalizing" for far too long. The Boy Scouts
has been one of the organizations that is holding the line on VALUES.
No, I do not think that your idea should be implemented at this time.
It was worthwhile thinking about it.
Yours In Scouting,
Stephen Allan Mintz I used to be an Eagle ...
Scoutmaster T198 NE VI-16 NE VI-36 NE CS-51
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