Re: Camping MB
Donald R Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 10:05:27 -0400
In consideration of the discussion on BSA camping or NOT
in the camping MB. Let us consider the purpose and function
of merit badges in the scouting program. Is not most of the
emphasis of merit badges to gain a bit of information about
career areas OUTSIDE of scouting? Many merit pages have very
small or minor links to scouting - ie computers, dog care,
Why should we, once again, try to place EXTRA requirements for
merit badges, that are NOT IN THE PRINTED requirements?
If a scout has gone family camping, ask him to document the
camping, maybe do a report, show photos etc. My family has
camped at Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and along the Adirondak
trail in NY. My son did so much camping as a scout that he
did not need to count family camping. Since every member of
my family is now or was at one time, registered with BSA,
I would almost consider it like a BSA campout anyway.
I would however, not consider RV camping at an amusment park
like Darian Lake in NY, or Cedar Point in Ohio, but I would
consider tent camping, other than a back yard.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City