Re: Merit Badges
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 13 Aug 1996 18:22:30 -0700
The Advancement guidebook states that the SM is responsible for giving the
MB counselor's name to the Scout. It does not specify how the SM does this -
through a committee member, by a lsit, etc. Having the Scout "find" his own
counselor may work, as long as he has a list of approved/registered names to
find from. The Scout cannot just find anyone, as the counselor MUST be
registered as a counselor with BSA. If the Scout has a particular person he
desires to work with, get that person registered and use him as a resource
As to your last paragraph - a Scout cannot begin MB work before he has his
SM permission/approval. Work completed befire becoming a registered Boy
Scout should not be used.
I use the Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide (#33088) as my
source to start finding answers to these questions. Then I use my brain.
Someone elese borrowed it (my brain) one day, and I had to re-format it and
re-install some stuff, so I read a lot ;-D.
>Is it policy that for a merit badge, the scout should go to his SM with his
>selection of counselor, or is it up to the individual troop to determine
>In other words, can a scout get his MB card signed by his SM, find his own
>counselor and then return to the SM with the counselor's signature that he
>is all done?
>I am Advancement Chairman for the district and this has never been brought
>up to me before. We have a scout who is trying to use material he did in
>school before becoming a scout for his MB work. I know that this is wrong
>but he keep finding counselors who ok his work. I am working on figuring
>this out but I thought I wanted your opinion.
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite...SE 308-7 '82/'72-WWW-B'Hood
CR & CC Troop 742, Hope Mills United Methodist Church, NC
Member of NAUMS/District Advancement & Training Committee
3501 Farm Circle Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28306-8303
Scouting IS NOT an exact science, so use your brain - noone else is! <]:->
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