Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 22:03:57 GMT
On Oct 15, 1996 12:10:58, 'drew mrenna <firstname.lastname@example.org>' wrote:
>I just (yesterday) checked with my District Director to clarify the
>registration requirement. All merit badge counselors not already
>registered as adult leaders MUST complete and adult leader form. They
>not have to pay a registration fee unless they want to.
>Your District Director is only partially correct. ALL merit badge
>counselors MUST complete an adult registration. They do not have to pay
>if they are already registered in another position. There is a position
>code for Merit Badge Counselors.
I do not believe this is correct. There is no fee for registration as a mb
counselor whether the adult is registered elsewhere or not. The purpose of
this registration is to allow youth protection checks to be made before
approving the application. If the counselor chooses not to pay a
registration fee (he can if he wishes) he will not get Scouting magazine,
and, I believe, he will NOT be covered by the BSA umbrella liability policy
which covers registered adults. Thus, the $7/yr is probably a small price
to pay for the coverage.
In theory, as you say, EVERY mb counselor must fill out an application FOR
THAT POSITION since these applications are approved by people other than
those that approve unit adult applications (Scout Executive vs. Institution
Head). In practice, at least some councils do not ask for the mb counselor
registration form from those who are already registered.
>This sounds like Tom has found a loop hole. Each counselor is to be
>approved by district for particular merit badges. It is not open ended,
>like Tom is suggesting. Each district is responsible in keeping track
>of who is a counselor for which merit badges. Since the merit badge
>card card is turned into the Troop and the then an advancement form
>completed, I guess it is up to the troops to decide if the counselor is
>approved. Is it me or does this sound a little funny? The district
>never sees a merit badge card. Yet the district is to keep a list of
>merit badge counselors. So what keeps a Troop from having its own MB
>counselors that district does not know about. District will never find
Except that the rules say, I believe, that the unit must AT LEAST notify
the district of its TROOP ONLY counselors (even if we decide that the
district doesn't have approval/rejection authority.)
>Now let me pose a question to the group. Do any Districts verify that a
>merit badge is signed by a properly approved and registered leader?
>When is this check done?
I check the signatures on all the merit badge cards before each Eagle BOR.
Since we do not have any troop counselors I generally recognize all the
names on the cards. If I don't I will inquire. In my troop, the
advancement chairman checks the names against the list when the Scout
submits the card to him. If he doesn't find it he inquires with the
district advancement chairman (me) and we eventually straighten it out.
Bruce E. Cobern
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