Re: Dumbing down MB's makes weak Eagles ecting MB Counselor
The Hendra Family (hendra@MACSCOUTER.COM)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 08:50:14 -0700
In response to Bob Taschler's "Dumbing down MB's makes weak Eagles ecting MB
Counselor" I say lighten up and use your best discression. Rember that earning a
MB at cam is exiting for most youth. If he earned it, he should be awarded it.
If you, as SM, feel he didn't get the best training, followup with your own
training to help him out. Don't discourage the work he has done.
When ever I see someone questioning the counselors qualification or the level of
effort a Scout has to put into earning a MB, I think of this letter the BP wrote
in 1921. Every now and then we need to look at it and remember our part in this
Standardization of Badges
In view of a very elaborate curriculum that was recently drawn up by one
authority for standardizing the test for badges, I was obliged to criticize it
in the sense:
"I hope that the compilers are not losing sight the aim and spirit of
the Movement by making it into a training school of efficiency through curricula
marks, and standards.
"Our aim is merely to help the boys, especially the least scholarly
ones, to become personally enthused in subjects that appeal to them
individually, and that will be helpful to them.
"We do this through the fun and jollity of Scouting; by progressive
states they can be led on naturally and unconsciously, to develop for
themselves their knowledge.
"But if once we make it into a formal scheme of serious instruction for
efficiency, we miss the whole point and value of the Scout training, and we
trench the work of the schools without the trained experts for carrying it out.
"We have to remember that Scoutmasters are voluntary play leaders in the
game of Scouting, and not qualified school teachers, and to give them a
hard-and-fast syllabus is to check the ardor and their originality in dealing
with their boys according to local conditions.
"I could quite imagine it frightening away many Scoutmasters of the
"The syllabus as suggested seems to go a good deal beyond what is
prescribed as our dose in Scouting For Boys; and if the proportions of the
ingredients in a prescriptions are not adhered to you can not well blame the
doctor if the medicine doesn't work.
"Our standard for badge earning -- as I have frequently said -- is not
to attain a certain level of quality of work ( as in school ), but the AMOUNT OF
EFFORT EXERCISED BY THE INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE. This brings the most hopeless
case on a footing of equal possibility with his more brilliant or better-off
"We want to get them ALL along through cheery self development from
within and not through the imposition of formal instruction from without."
CC, T-92, Milpitas, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City