JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Sat, 3 Aug 1996 07:43:10 -0600
Thanks to everyone who repsonded to my queries about the camping MB. I
responded personally to the first several people, but then had to stop.
If I didn't get to send you a personal reply, please don't be
offended--my mailbox was jammed with thoughts and suggestions from lots
One person did ask that I post a summary of what I received and what I
will do. Here goes:
Several people thought that it really isn't my problem as SM, but more
of a concern for the Merit Badge counselor. In this light, I am going
to place the question squarely in HIS lap, giving hikm full information
about the situation. However, as one person pointed out, it really is
still my concern, because my name as scoutmaster goes on the merit badge
card too. I am not, however, the first defense on the subject.
After having conversed with the counselor, I will wait until the boy
goes camping with the troop. If it is obvious that he knows what he is
doing, then I will have no problem with his camping with his dad. In my
troop, which has a dismal past history of camping (this will change),
setting up tents at 4 in the afternoon can be a challenge. It will be
obvious if this boy has learned anything or not.
A scouter from England shared a wonderful story from his experience about
earning awards compared to having them given away. I will use this as
the focal point of my next SMs minute in the troop newsletter. There is
some concern for me here, as an Eagle Scout, that this merit badge is
required for Eagle, and I want to make certain that the standards for
this rank are held continuously high.
The bottom line seems to be the "spirit" of the merit badge. The whole
point is to learn about camping. If that boy can do it with his dad,
there is no problem. If he can't, then only troop camping (or sanctioned
by the troop) is okay.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City