Re: Camping MB (long)
Bob Robinson (_bob@MSN.COM)
Mon, 29 Jul 1996 17:34:22 UT
For what it's worth, here's our part of our section on Merit Badges excerpted
from our Troop Policies and Procedures. This was voted on and unanimously
ratified by the Troop Committee.
6.5.2 Time Limits - Regular Badges
Normally, a Scout has six months to complete a merit badge. Some badges have
requirements that take three months. The time starts when a merit badge
counselor has been assigned by the Scoutmaster. Merit badge requirements that
have been met before starting work on a merit badge DO NOT count. The six
months limit is extended to the end of the sixth month. If not completed in
the required time frame, the Scout must start over without carrying over any
previously met requirements. Troop 227 scouts are required to acquire and read
the ENTIRE merit badge booklet prior to contacting the counselor. Scouts are
also required to be in FULL UNIFORM for all counseling sessions unless
otherwise informed by the counselor or occurring at an non-uniformed activity.
6.5.3 Time Limits - Camping / Hiking
For Camping and Hiking merit badges, the Scout has one year to satisfy the
requirements. Time starts when a merit badge counselor has been assigned by
the Scoutmaster. Prior troop experience may be counted if the Scout completes
the merit badge within the one year period. If the Scout fails to complete the
merit badge within one year from starting, he must start over with NO credit
for prior troop experience.
6.5.4 Time Limits - Special Circumstances
The Troop Committee can waive time limits for special circumstances. A special
circumstance does not include lack of planning or urgency on the part of the
6.5.5 Recording and Recognition
Upon completion, the Scout must first contact the Troop Advancement Chairman
for recording purposes, then the Scoutmaster for recognition purposes.
Time limits have been established to encourage a Scout to set meaningful and
realistic goals and to be focused on meeting those goals
BSA Troop 227
Merit Badge Process for Scouts
1. Decide which merit badge you want to earn.
some ideas to help you choose:
do you need one for rank advancement or Eagle?
is it a skill or hobby you have?
is it something you have always been interested in?
is it one that a buddy wants you join him on?
can you finish it within the time limit?
2. Pick another Scout that wants to earn the same badge.
Using the buddy system does several things: 1) you can work on some things
together, and 2) you can't be alone with a merit badge counselor, unless its
your parent. Having a buddy along makes it more fun and easier to earn the
3. Go to the Scoutmaster and get a Merit Badge "Blue Card".
Make sure the card is filled out as completely as possible by the Scoutmaster.
Do Not loose this card. There is a $5 replacement fee. It is also possible
that you will have to start over if you loose the card and the merit badge
counselor cannot be located or if the counselor has poor records.
4. The Scoutmaster will assign a merit badge counselor to you.
He will not assign your parent if another counselor is available. If a
counselor is not available, he will not give you a blue card until he finds
one. The six month time limit (twelve months for camping and hiking) starts
when the SM assigns a counselor and fills out the Blue Card. The SM must
initial and date the blue card with the date a merit badge counselor is
assigned. It is your job to make sure this happens!
Working on the Merit Badge
1. Buy or borrow the merit badge book and read it completely.
Read the entire book and study all the pictures.
2. Call or contact the merit badge Counselor.
Tell them that you were given their name as a counselor for the ___ merit
badge, and that you have completely read the book and are ready to start.
Tell the counselor that the troop has a policy of not counting requirements
met before you started work on the merit badge. The exceptions are for camping
and hiking which will allow previous troop experience, one time only, if the
all requirements are met within 12 months. Ask them what would they like for
you to do next. Follow their instructions. At every counselor session, take
your Blue Card and ask them to sign off and date each requirement as you
complete it. This is your responsibility! You keep the blue card, not the
3. All of your meetings with a counselor must be in full uniform.
This includes before and after church counseling sessions. The counselor is
expecting you to be in uniform and may cancel the meeting if you show up out
of uniform. The counselor can change the uniform requirement if necessary to
protect the uniform or for certain 'field' activities.
4. You cannot be alone with a counselor unless its your parent.
There must be at least three people present or observing each counseling
session. The third person can be anyone. For example it could be another
scout, a parent, a brother or sister, or just a friend. This is your
5. Make sure the counselor is helping you complete the merit badge within t
If you believe the merit badge counselor is not able or willing to help you
earn the merit badge in the required time, You must notify the Scoutmaster or
Advancement Chairman at once. Only the Troop Committee can extend the time
limit. They will probably not give you more time if you wait until its too
late to report a problem.
1. Make sure your counselor has completed their portion of the Blue Card.
It is your job to make sure the counselor has filled out the card completely
and accurately. There should be a date and their initials beside every
requirement that your badge requires and you have completed.
Take the completed card to the Troop Advancement Chairman.
He/she will make sure you completed it within the time limit and assigned
counselor. They will then update the troop records showing that you completed
the merit badge and forward the required paperwork to the Denver Area Council.
Take the completed card to the Scoutmaster.
He will make arrangements to get your merit badge patch and present it to you.
It is the scout's responsibility to initiate and manage the merit badge
process. To understand the roles of the Scout, Scoutmaster, Advancement
Chairman, and Merit Badge Counselor. To understand the time limits and to set
meaningful goals and priorities. To understand the requirements regarding
uniform and youth protection. If there is a counselor that is not providing a
proper level of support (in the scout's opinion), he should bring this to the
attention of the Scoutmaster or Troop Advancement Chairman. If you do not
understand the merit badge process, it is your responsibility to meet with the
Scoutmaster or Advancement Chairman and let them know that you do not
Bob Robinson, CR/CC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City