Re: Camping MB (long) Reply
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 23:09:12 GMT
I was going to reply to Bob Robinson's original post, but I think he got
the message from all the responses that was generated. There was a couple
of minor items, like why is the SM assigning Counselors? IMO this is the
advancement person's job. Also, a list of available counselors (if more
than one is available) should be provided to the scout to choose from (of
course adult guidance could be practiced here).
Moving on Bob's reply with:
>Before we established a policy, I checked with the council and various
>long-time scouters. None has a problem with time limits. The council rep
>most troops have a 6 month time limit. Our committee didn't think that was
>enough time for camping and hiking. It appears to be a fairly common
>(but not 'codified' like ours) to have time limits.
Unfortunately many times I have receive information from reliable sources
that turned up to be wrong. This is one of my many reasons I love this
group. You do get opposing thoughts and opinions, but many times good
sources to rely on. I hope that Bob does not take this personally, but use
it to make a great program even better.
>How council justified letting us set a policy was the absence of a "clear"
>policy from National. Additionally, since the Charter Organization "owns"
>troop, there is the authority to clarify (as opposed to Add/Subtract) BSA
>Policies and practices.
I disagree that the above statement qualifies in this case. National
policy is very clear on Merit Badges and advancements. The problem is
finding the many pieces of literature to find the answer. Another good use
of this list. Yes the Charter Organization owns the unit, but again it
cannot change the program without National approval.
Just more of my opinions.
Eagle Class of '73
ADC - Area 5, National Pike District, Baltimore Area Council
CA & TC - P1375, Prince William District, National Capital Area Council
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