Re: Selecting MB Counselor
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 04:59:00 GMT
On Aug 03, 1996 20:55:56, '"James A. Sheckels" <sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET>'
>Certainly, if the Troop has a list and the Scout selects from it, this is
>OK. But, where does he get the list? From the adult leaders of the Troop
But the procedures essentially REQUIRE that the troop have a list of
approved counselors supplied by the district, even if the troop only uses
"troop" counselors (which, I believe would be a mistake, but that's another
discussion). That is because the district is charged with maintaining a
list of EVERYBODY authorized as a MB counselor and approving them all,
including those who are willing to serve only for Scouts in their own
troop. According to page 10 of the Advancement Policy guide, 1996
"Troop and Team Merit Badge Counselors. As a practical approach to
providing merit badge counselors, troop and team committees may establish
their own lists of counselors, if necessary, at least for the required and
more popular merit badges. . .
"All merit badge counselors, even those who serve only one unit, must be
approved by the council and district advancement committee and counselors
must register as a merit badge counselor. However, it is essential that a
district have the most complete list of merit badge counselors that is
possible. Thus, troops and teams should be encouraged to share lists of
counselors willing to assist districtwide or councilwide."
Since all counselors MUST be approved by the district the registration and
other issues are handled by the district so as long as the name is on the
list provided by the district there is no responsibility for the SM here.
>You put your signature on it, you better believe you're responsible!
But I'm still not sure for what. The ONLY thing that the SMs signature on
the front of the mb card certifies is that the Scout "is a registered Boy
Scout . . . and is qualified to begin working for merit badge noted on the
reverse side." That's all. Nothing more.
Let's not make more out of this than is really there.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City