Re: Council Merit Badge Books
Jon Danner (dannerjm@C17.WPAFB.AF.MIL)
Fri, 20 Sep 1996 14:59:52 -0400
>In the merit badge requirement arena though I am unsure. But my guess would
>be that if they are ADDing requirements, then you would have a 'time' to
>finish under the old requirements, but if they are deleting requirements,
>they would typically take effect immediately.
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Warning: this post is longer then I first intended, but it covers two topics
in this catagory: the above question on old/new requirements and use of
old/new merit badge pamphlets.
>From the training I received at my council's intermediate training course
[Buckskin Trail] and echoed at various roundtables and advancement seminars,
the policy is that a Scout can use either the requirements in effect when he
officially started working on the badge or the new requirements - his
choice. The merit badge counselor does not determine which requirements
to use, but the counselor can try to convince the Scout which to use.
The date he officially started the merit badge is the date his unit leader
signed the front part of the application card. He has until his eighteenth
birthday to complete. I understand this to mean this in an example:
Seventeen year old Tommy Lifescout signed up to take Camping merit badge at
his first summer camp six years ago in 1990. At the time he did not have 20
days of camping, but he got all the other requirements signed off. Now he
is closing in on Eagle. No matter what requirements have been added or
deleted, he can be awarded the merit badge if he completes 20 days of
camping. Now, if Tommy chooses, he can work with the new requirements,
getting credit for the old work that is still required. In other words, if
Tommy had 12 days of camping and the requirement for 20 days camping was
reduced to, say, 10 and no other changes were made, Tommy could decided to
use the new requirements and complete the badge.
What this means to me as a merit badge counselor, is that I have to know
what the requirements were for the past eight years [I have to cover the
ten-year-old with an Arrow of Light].
In regards to merit badge pamphlets, the pamphlets are only a very good
guide to help the Scout accomplish the merit badge. The counselor CANNOT
require the Scout to have one. This would be adding an advancement
requirement, which only National can do. What I do as a counselor for newly
changed requirements is give the Scout a printout of the new ones. This way
he has the right ones to start with and we can begin working while we wait
for the Council to get the new ones in. If I have to rely on the merit
badge pamphlet to instruct a Scout on the merit badge, I have no right to be
a counselor for that badge.
Yours in Scouting,
Jon Danner, SM
Wright Brothers District
Miami Valley Council
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