Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Sat, 3 Aug 1996 21:16:16 GMT
On Aug 03, 1996 07:43:10, 'JASON CRUSE <jcruse@DU.EDU>' wrote:
>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 hike 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.
Actually, I don't think you have any role in the "defense" of the mb. Your
signature appears on the card twice. First, on the front of the
certificate portion where you are merely certifying that the Scout is
qualified to take the MB. That tells the counselor that you are aware of
the fact that this Scout is taking this badge and there is no particular
reason for you to believe he is incapable of earning it.
The second signature appears on the applicants record portion of the card
and is merely your signature acknowledging receipt from the Scout of the
completed card, just in case YOU lose the card while processing. In
theory, once the card has been processed and the badge awarded (and either
the blue card or the "certificate" card given to the Scout) he can throw
this away, although I don't recommend it since it is the ONLY other place
with both your and the counselor's signatures.
Neither of these signatures attests, in any way, to the quality of work
done to earn the badge. It is the counselor's signature that does that.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City