Re: Rifle Merit Badge
Mary E. Anderson (marya@SMARTNET.NET)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 02:54:20 -0500
Bob Rosebrough, GBL, B-200 wrote:
> I would like to solicit comments and opinions from the members of this
> list concerning the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge.
I am a Junior Girl Scout Leader. Last year my troop was working on a GS
rank requirement (called a 'Sign' in GS) that required them complete two
outdoor activity badges. In our GIRL RAN meeting, the girls choices
were skiing and hunting/fishing. This decision made, we went to the
books to look up the badge requirements and discovered that there were
none. In fact we couldn't even find policy and 'Safety-Wise' procedures
on guns, fishing, or hunting. There are procedures for skiing and
Undaunted the girls asked me if they could make-up their own badge. This
is allowed in GS. If there is a subject or activity that you want to do,
that no other badge covers, then you can do your 'Own Troop Badge'.
Although not common, in my 28 yrs. in GS, this was a first for me.
At this point I was begining to wonder if there were reasons why we
couldn't find these subjects and if the girls would be allowed to do
this. It also, was beginning to cross my mind that alot of people might
have some real strong opinions on GS doing a badge on hunting. If you'd
like to hear about these opinions e-mail me.
So the next day I called our council. Her first reaction was disbelief
then shock that there was nothing on this. She assured me that this
ommission was due to 'it never coming up before' not because it is
prohibited. She liked the idea, reminded me to be safe, and to keep her
posted. Is this a great group or what.
The girls wrote one hard badge, but the first achievement, and the only
required achievement was:
1. Pass the "Kansas State Hunter Safety Course"
The girls completed all the requirement that they had made for
themselves. Our local paper ran a full page on these 'pioneering GS'
that was very nice. Every parent was 100% behind their girls
participation. Our council submitted the badge to national. I still
think I was dreaming.
Anyway, my point in all this is that the GIRLS think that safety is the
first concern. I don't know anything about the 'Rifle Merit Badge' but
maybe BSA should listen to the girls this time. HaHa!
p.s. If you want the full badge requirement the girl wrote, let me know.
CM Pack 3051
Heart of America Council-Pelathe District: Lawrence, KS
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City