Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 05:31:45 -0700
On Tue, 6 Aug 1996, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> That having been said, I personally believe that the only time a parent
> should counsel a Scout on a merit badge is if there is NO OTHER available
The MB topic has taken a lot of bandwidth lately. Bruce's comments
convinced me to "weigh in."
MBs are part of a program to help our Scouts grow. If we keep this in
mind, I suspect we can run the program in a number of different ways and
it will make little difference.
Parents who counsel their sons should work hard to made sure that they are
doing the "best thing" for the boys. If parents sign off on too many MB's,
then the Scout is going to miss out on the important experience of working
with a number of different adults. On the other hand, if we refuse to
counsel our sons at all, they may end up having learned less than they
might have otherwise.
I personally wish that my son had taken First Aid from me. He would know
the material a whole lot better now....
Scouts today have a whole lot more demands placed upon them than I did.
It is probably unrealistic for many of us to demand that our Scouts do
90+% of their MB work with "out of troop" counselors, as I did.
Mount Soapbox: The diversity of opinion that we bring to this movement,
as reflected by our programs and the effects on the boys that experience
our guidance, is one of the good things about Scouting. As a movement, we
are probably better off with the diversity of interpretations and
approaches expressed on Scouts-L, than we would be if we all agreed!
Tim O'Leary, CC Troop 772
"You can trail an Eagle, but you cannot follow in his footsteps. An Eagle
leaves no tracks."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City