JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 15:49:43 -0600
At the risk of starting something nasty again, here goes with the newest
information given out be the council staff here:
National policy, as well all know, requests that merit badge counsellors
be registered. However, according to the professional staff here, many
areas have taken this too far. Far too many youths are not earning
badges because those who would be qualified to be a merit badge
counsellor aren't registered, for whatever reason.
The example being given here is a shop teacher, or music teacher.
Perfectly qualified for several merit badges. It is the scoutmaster's
discretion if the person is qualified, registered or not. If they are
not registered, but the scoutmaster feels they are qualified, they can
sign the card and the boy earns the badge.
Too many areas, the talk concluded, have become too rigid and have lost
the *spirit* of the rule: that all merit badge counsellors be
qualified. We have hurt ourselves by a strict, letter of the law
reading, rather than applying common sense.
Straight from a local DE, not long after a council staff meeting.
Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
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