Re: Camping MB
Steven D. Carpenter (Stevcar@AOL.COM)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 01:28:24 -0400
With regards to the questions concerning the camping merit badge
just wanted to throw in my two cents worth.
I am a scoutmaster and I council the camping merit badge for my troop and
our district. I tend to hold to the philosophy that I believe was more
years ago in that the merit badge program is intended to take the training
experience that the scouts recieved while earning their Tenderfoot to 1st
to a higher level of expectation and achievement. Back then scouts were
to start earning merit badges when it did not interfere with their completion
Tenderfoot to 1st Class ranks. Certain merit badges in fact stated that that
needed to complete similar basic 1st Class requirements before you started
on the merit badge itself. One of these was Camping. Others included First
Cooking, Astronomy, Orienteering, Pioneering, etc. The merit badge work
what had been learned while progressing towards 1st Class.
With that in mind I don't start counting the merit badge camping days until
scout has attended three troop campouts, the minimum he needs to earn 1st
suppose an argument could be made that the current requirements no longer
that, but I'm looking for the experience that he is going to gain and will
need to apply
if he attends our high adventure trips.
Are troop campouts the only ones counted for the merit badge? I wouldn't be
counting family campouts or school trips for that matter. There are many
offer excellent camping opportunities that families and schools take
advantage of that
could just as well be used to fulfill the merit badge camping requirement.
counselor would need to determine which campouts he would accept but that
another opportunity for the counselor to get to know the scout a little more
his latest excursion. The 20 days and nights are intended to give the scout
camping. Is scouting the only place where he can gain that experience?
Just some of my thoughts for what they're worth.
BTW, up until about the late 1950's or early '60's the requirement was 50
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City