Merit Badge Counselors
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 08:08:32 -0500
"Bruce E. Cobern" <bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM> wrote:
>Again agreed, except that there are "downsides" to counseling relatives
>that are beyond the control of the counselor/parent. These include the
>"impression" that the parent gave preferential treatment to their son or
>the actual requiring of MORE performance from the son. Either way, it is
>not fair to the son.
I was never a MB Counselor for either of my Eagle sons, however, I plead
guilty to being tougher on them than most. I either reviewed them on every
MB before they went to the Counselor or I tested them on it afterwards. No,
that did not make them better Scouts than anyone elses son but it eliminated
the possibility of them getting a "freebie" MB. If the idea is to learn
about the subject, I insured that they did.
The tough question is: what do your sons think about that? My oldest son
does the same thing FOR his 14 and 11 year olds. And, once or twice, I have
may have forgotten that they were his instead of mine. 8-) Testing
can/should be fun. The 14 year old couldn't remember which side of a road to
walk on. I asked him if he had rather be hit in front or back. He said if he
was looking at the car he could jump out of the way. He's not likely to
forget to face traffic now!
What is FAIR? Fair is preparing your kids, as best you can, to succeed.
Sometimes I think failures are caused by our not demanding enough from our
Do I advocate the above? No - that's just what I do!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City