Re: Dumbing down MB's makes weak Eagles
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 00:52:52 +0000
Just a thought on the idea of whether to award a merit badge to a Scout
when you question if he really earned it or not: Let the Scout decide
when he hands you the signed card. The Scouts received the cards signed
Your problem is really with the camp Staff and the Camp Director not
with the Scouts. The idea of them receiving the badges at the upcoming
CoH needs to be put to them as directly as possible. Then step back and
support them by letting them decide and make plans to help them learn
what they missed.
BTW, last year I had 3 Scouts who received Completed MB cards at Summer
Camp that they did not earn. All three Scouts freely expressed their
disappointment in not being able to participate in the full program and
each selected to take the MB card to another Counselor in our area and
finish what they didn't feel they covered the first time through.
I think most Scouts know the difference.
If they think they deserve the badges then by all means present them
with the badge, it will always be a reminder to them for good or bad.
*My opinion is greatly appreciated in small select circles of devoted
friends and admirers.*
Scoutmaster, Troop 167 - Brier, WA
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