Re: Troop Librarian
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 19:56:06 GMT
On Jul 12, 1996 11:32:49, 'Berk Moss <mossfam@TELEPORT.COM>' wrote:
>There are many resources that a good librarian might muster beyond the
>merit badge books. But start there. He should be sure that the books in
>troop library reflect the CURRENT requirements. And he should have them at
>every troop meeting.
Unfortunately, it is not as easy as seeing if the book has the current
REQUIREMENTS. You really need to know if it is the current text, even if
the requirements have changed. Often they do not rewrite the MB book when
the requirements change, merely change the first pages where the
requirements are listed. In that instance there is no reason to throw out
the book, the text hasn't changed. You merely need to make sure your
Scouts understand that the requirements in the latest "BSA Requirements"
book are the correct ones, not the ones in the HB or the MB book.
Sometimes BSA rewrites the book even when the requirements don't change.
Again, as long as the information in the old book still accurately relates
to the requirements I see no reason to go out and buy a new book just
because it has been rewritten. Remember the MB book is not the
requirements and often a Scout can just as easily meet the requirements
without the book. The MB book is merely one resource available.
Bruce E. Cobern
Advancement Chairman, Founders District
Queens Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City