Re: Dumbing down MB's makes weak Eagles ecting MB Counselor
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 04:40:14 GMT
On Aug 05, 1996 20:46:39, 'Jim Peterson <jpeterson@TZNET.COM>' wrote:
>I couldn't fault a Scout for taking the word of a merit badge counselor.
>Counselor here is the authority, if he says "that's good enough" the Scout
>is naturally going to accept that he has done the requirement, whether he
>believe s it in his heart or not.
If this is a new Scout who is working on one of his first mb's I might
agree with you. However, once the Scout has been around the block a couple
of times (like by 13) I believe it is more a case of many of the Scouts
seeing whether they can "get over" on the mb counselor. Sure, the mb
counselor is the authority, but I can't buy the fact that the recipient of
the largess is an innocent party to the transaction. He KNOWS what's
happening so he really can't claim, when questioned, not to have known that
he didn't meet the requirements. Lets teach some personal responsibility
here. I have heard too many people try to find ways to beat the 90 day
requirement for Personal Mgt or Family Life mbs when the Scout doesn't have
90 days until his 18th bd. Well, if he waited that long to read what he
needed to do to make Eagle and the requirements for the badges he still
needs, then he has nobody to blame but himself. He can't EXPECT that some
adult is going to be following his progress and remind him that time is
running out. Sure we do it all the time, but he can't expect it.
>If you get pulled over by a State Trooper
>and he says you were going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, "But
>thats o.k., Its close enough" are you going to insist he write you a
>I don't think so. You know you were wrong. You know you deserve the fine,
>but the authority in this case said it was o.k.
Fine, as you said, you KNOW you deserve the fine. Therefore, you are not
an innocent party to the transaction so, if challenged, shouldn't be
claiming that you didn't know you had broken the law. Thanks for the fine
>I think the right approach
>is the one stated before, talk to the Scout about the requirements and try
>to make him come to the realization that he *wants* to do better.
I agree that that is the best and right approach. I just don't believe
that most of our Scouts are so naive that they don't realize what's
happening when the standards are lower.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City