Camping, or any, MB
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 07:46:35 -0700
As I read the thread on Camping MB, I noticed .02 next to my keyboard. So I
said to myself, "Self, throw it in!".
As you read MB requirements, you should find what is needed. If it says "as
part of a Scouting activity", then make it so. If not, leave it alone. If it
says "a gazillion days and nights of sloshing in a swamp", then I believe it
is any swamp at any time.
The Camping MB doesn't say as part of a BSA activity; it doesn't say since
earning First Class. If you do anything else, added or taken away, I think
you are doing Scouting a disservice. Would any of us argue that a written
report is in writing, not verbal? Or that making a basket means
constructing it, not explaining how? Demonstrate, show, explain, write, make
- important words for a Scout and counselor to understand, don't you think?
Same thing applies here, and that is what is taught during MB Counselor
We do not need to read into the requirements. BSA already read and decided
on them for us. If we make them any different, there is inequity across the
board, and that is not fair to a Scout. It doesn't matter what I did over
20 years ago as a Scout, it's what is required now that matters. And as
evidenced by the thread, when we read into the requirements, confusion camps
out with us.
And, oh yeah, BTW - merit badges are part of the advancement program of Boy
Scouting. And we are SPECIFICALLY denied authority to change any part of
the advancment process and requirements unless pre-approved by the National
council (see Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide, #33088,
inside front cover and on page 5 - in bold writing).
I very recently was involved in an incident where the procedures were not
followed, but the requirements were. An Eagle project. Approved by
Scoutmaster and Troop Committee. Started, finished and written up by the
Scout. Eagle papers completed and submitted to Council. Returned to
District Advancement Chair for BoR. Then the brakes were applied. Nowhere
was the Ditrict approval for the project. Scoutmaster claimed ignorance of
the process. District Advancement chair refused to allow BoR until Council
knew specifics. Scout appealed to Council Advancement Committee. As the
proper process was not followed, there was no choice but to invalidate the
project. A new project was plannned, properly approved, and is in the
process of being completed.
Now some of us will say "What a bunch of ______!!!". But, I guarantee, this
Scout did some learning. And yo know what? From what I've seen, the adults
were doing all the acid lined talking, while the Scout was essentially
saying "If that is what I should have done, then that is what I should
havedone". My only role in this incident was approval of the second project
and to eventaully sit on the BoR as the Council representative.
Well, my pennies are out of time. You have a wonderful day :-)
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite...SE 308-7 'email@example.com
CR & CC Troop 742, Hope Mills United Methodist Church, NC/Member of NAUMS
District Adv & Tng teams/910-426-2766/3501 Farm Circle Rd Fayetteville, NC
Scouting IS NOT an exact science, so use your brain - noone else is! <|:)
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