Re: 1996-97 Boy Scout Reqiurements: Changes (long)
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 18:09:31 GMT
On Oct 13, 1996 15:00:31, 'Robert Sharek <firstname.lastname@example.org>' wrote:
>On Sat, 12 Oct 1996, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
>> There is one change to the rank requirements, and two other merit badges
>> whose requirements have changed.
>> The rank requirement change is to Eagle requirement 4, where historian
>> now been added to the list of acceptable positions of responsibility.
>> leaves, I believe, bugler as the only position acceptable for Star and
>> that is NOT acceptable for Eagle.
>I believe that APL is still not allowed for Eagle rank, either. If that
>is wrong, please let us know.
But APL is not on the acceptable list for Star or Life either. The point
was that Bugler and Historian used to be acceptable for Star and Life, but
not for Eagle. Now Historian is acceptable for Eagle but Bugler still is
>For my $0.02, I think that Historian is a poor choice to add to the rank.
>Although it is probably considered a position of responsibility, I don't
>consider it a leadership position. I know the requirement specifies
>responsibility, what are we looking for? It is leadership that is most
>important, not just responsibility.
But, as you say, what is required is a position of responsibility, not a
leadership position. Like it or not, that is how national defines it.
Besides, how much "leadership" an Historian provides depends upon how the
troop defines the roll. And, if Historian is such a "wimpy" position, then
maybe it should be deleted for Star and Life as well. Also, the same
argument could be made for the Chaplain Aide, or the Scribe, or the
Librarian. They all deal with a function which assists the troop program,
but none of them really have any direct say in the day to day leadership of
the unit. Unless, of course, you expect ALL of your junior leaders to
exercise leadership, regardless of title and job responsibility, in which
case, the same argument could certainly be made for Historian.
As I said in another post, I believe the change in terminology had more to
do with staff/line differences than anything else.
Bruce E. Cobern
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