Re: Merit Badges
George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 08:06:18 -0600
I have had success over the years in just writing a normal letter
to the primary office concerned, explaining the problem,
providing a proposed solution, and the reasons why.
For example, in the summer of 95 I was trekking at Philmont,
doing Camping merit badge with one of the Scouts, and we came
across the requirement to do an improvised pack using a diamond
hitch. Naturally, I wasn't carrying my merit badge pamphlet, and
we did not get that done there. The last time I used a diamond
hitch was in Wood Badge in 1968. So I wrote, and suggested that
this was not as useful a requirement as it used to be. Lo and
behold, a few months later, I got a note from the Advancement
Committee saying they agreed, and would change it.
In another instance, a long time ago, the "pin and frog" on the
Cub, Scout and Commissioner emblems for the Scouter's
Key/Training Award were designed to go on the ribbon of the
medal, but were too short to be pinned through the square knot.
I explained the problem, recommended a solution, and a few months
later received in the mail one of the new longer pin design
emblems. Many people are wearing them today.
I believe the keys are twofold. Some issues, like those above,
will get someone's attention and get solved immediately. Other
problems, like my concerns with the training subprogram of the
council computer, are much larger or more intractable, and it
takes a lot of us or a long time to get anything done. It is
still worthwhile to write, because even if you can't fix it now,
it is valuable feedback to the volunteers and professionals
working at that level, and if enough of us are concerned,
something will eventually be done about it. For instance, there
is now a working group worrying about the training subprogram of
the council computers! It will take at least another year to get
something done, but they realize there is a need.
____'/____ George Crowl
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