Re: Selecting MB Counselor
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 19:21:14 -0500
At 10:19 PM 8/7/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Last night I had one of our scout's mothers approach me, saying that her son
>had just spent three weeks in Texas with her parents. While he was there,
>she said her younger brother (who is not a registered scouter or merit badge
>counselor) spent a lot of time with him, and passed him off on all of the
>requirements for Rifle Shooting, Farm Mechanics, Railroading merit badges.
> I asked her if her brother is a registered
>scouter or merit badge counselor......she said , "No, but he is very
>knowledgeable about these things and I can assure you he passed them."
Seems very simple. Tell her regretfully, but firmly that BSA regulations
require that Counselors be registered. Her son will have to work with a
registered counselor back home. You are not allowed to make exceptions and
if she does not like the policy she should contact National to register a
I have found that sometimes the easiest way to say "no" to pushy or
unpleasant people is to point to the rule book or policy with great sorrow,
say your hands are tied, and refer them to higher authority. Passing the
buck may be the cowards way out but there are people who will nag and push
and generally try to make your life a living hell until they get their way.
If you feel guilty about the "higher authority" remember that they can
probably pass the buck on to someone higher yet
Mark W. Arend
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