Re: Merit Badges
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 17:28:18 -0600
I know I'm going to get burned for saying the following, but I'm going to
do it anyway.
National sets the policy. Local troops, based in part on the wishes of
their chartered partner, can adapt the rules to fit their particular
needs (at least in BSA--I don't know enough about GSA to make this
Our troop keeps on hand a list of "approved" merit badge counselors for
our boys--which amounts to members of the committee and the chartered
partner (in this case, a church) who have said they would be willing to
help out the boys with advancement. About half of the MBs are covered.
As scoutmaster, if a boy wants to work on a badge that isn't covered by
our list, but he knows someone qualified to help him with it (a shop
teacher at school for example), I sign it and give him the go ahead. If
I think that the badge may be "cheap", I have no problem asking the
committee to bring it up in the boy's next board of review.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City