Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Frank Roessler (fressler@VAX1.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 18:21:11 -0600
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 22:03:51 GMT
From: "Bruce E. Cobern" <bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM>
Subject: Re: Merit Badge Counselors
On Oct 15, 1996 , "Bruce E. Cobern" wrote:
>Our council does not allow troop only
>counselors since the rationale for them (distance and convenience) does not
>apply in an urban council where it is no more than ten miles or so between
>any two points in the council, much less the district.
This sounds like standard BSA foolishness. Not that all BSA doctrine is
foolish, most of it is good. But I don't have time to be a counselor for
every scout in the council (except during the summer), and would refuse to
help anyone outside of my own troop (mostly, depends on the situation).
Therefore why should my name be given to all the boys out there, just to
have me say no?
I haven't had any trouble (yet) about signing MB cards. It could be that
neither council I've lived in (North Florida Council, and Twin Valley
Council, MN) is as picky as some. It probably has a lot to do with the
fact that I've been on camp staff in both places, and had to sign quite a
few blue cards as area director. I guess they're familiar with my
signature after several summers of camp.
I would rather the boys in my troop get MB experience from other people
than myself when possible, because they see/hear plenty from me (you can't
keep a camp staffer quiet). I also prefer that they get someone else
besides/in addition to their parents for MB's. This attitude could make it
more difficult to get "registered" counselors. In my (not always humble)
opinion, the Scoutmaster/advancement chairman should be doing the check for
counselor quality before they turn in the application.
Now I suppose my council will have to get picky with anything I sign..... :)
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