Re: Merit Badge Counselors
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 09:14:05 -0400
Well, time for my $0.02. (you can tell how busy I am at work these days)
I am the Advancement Chairman for my troop and have been for almost 3 years.
I have also served as SM and ASM. However, when I have been a member
of the troop committee, I have usually been Advancement Chairman so I
have a small amount of experience.
The process for MB counselors that I use is
1) the Scouts come to me to express interest in a Merit Badge and I
give them a blue card
[for those outside the States, we use a specially (read Nationally) printed
card for the Scout to record his progress in earning the merit badge. There
are signature areas for the Scoutmaster and the MB counselor, once the
badge is completed.]
2) the Scouts fill out the blue card and get it signed by the Scoutmaster.
3) they come back to me for names of potential merit badge counselors. I
tend to filter some of the officially approved names in order to spread the
load a bit across several counselors. I also tend to use those I know
Actually I usually combine 1 & 3 for the SM knows I will not give a blue
card if I feel the Scout is not qualified to work on the badge (case in
point, Camping merit badge has a requirement for 20 days/nights of
camping with the troop (or patrol). If the Scout is no where close to
20 days, I counsel him to wait. If he wants to work on the other
requirements, anyway, I give him the blue card).
4) the Scout works on the badge - taking as long as necessary.
5) when the Scout completes the badge, I record it in the troop records,
fill out an advancement report and take charge of the 2 remaining
sections of the blue card and have the SM sign (the second time)
[again for not-US: the 3 sections are one for the Scout's records,
one for the troop and one for the counselor - this way we have
checks in case any 1 part is lost or sent through the washing machine]
This is probably the same process most troops use (can I genaralize this
In regards to being the Merit Badge Counselor for my own sons. I really
do not like signing ANY sort of requirements for my sons for I do not
want their accomplishments questioned. I am a Merit Badge counselor for
several badges and have signed for my sons. However, I certainly make sure
that they know their stuff. I do not want them to be questioned by anyone
in regards to their completing the work. Frankly, I have tended to be a bit
harder on them than on other Scouts, just so there can be no accusations.
Another little "thing" that I do. I have always had my wife registered with
the troop committee. Granted, she is not active in activities, but it
protects all of us having 2 deep leadership in the house. The
troop committee has agreed to my practice. And we DID call on her this last
year to come in and talk to the Scouts about their rights as a citizen. She
is a teacher in the local middle school (she even had 3 of the Scouts in
There, was that worth $.02??
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman
Jackson, NJ Troop 250, Lakewood, NJ
Eagle Class '68 Jersey Shore Council
Wood Badge: Japeechen Lodge (Brotherhood)
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