Re: New Merit Badges --> National Rep on List?
Sat, 26 Oct 1996 20:53:07 -0500
>Is their anyone from National (or with connections to them) who is on the List?
I try (it's hard to do it from here, but hey, I try!) to stay in touch with some
folks that work at the Irving Center....the Sewing Merit Badge has been
recommended since 1970, and the main problem is that many of the people
sitting on that particular committee are looking at *vocations and hobbies*
rather than *skills*. Sewing is a skill, used to be a vocation for many.
I don't hold out seeing it become a merit badge...but we never thought we
would get a Crime Prevention nor Handicapped Awareness MBs either.
The same goes for Model Design and Building.
>This would be a great way for them to keep a finger on the pulse of
>grass-roots Scouting issues.
There'a good point, as you and others have mentioned, and there's the
negative part of "not agreeing with the program" that has to be dealt with.
For instance, a few days ago (few hours for me downloading and reading
all of this!) when someone suggested a new way to recognize multiple
receipients of the World Conservation Award, it would be easy for the
"national guy" to slap Steve Poole's hands hard (especially since Steve not
only placed his name, but also unit and local Council names in his signature)
for something that Steve was writing to offer suggestions and ideas on.
So, while I personally would LOVE to see someone from Irving OFFICIALLY
here, as in "open target" and all; I don't see that happening because it would
tend to ruin the free-flowing and sharing of information and would be
constuied as "interference". Those guys and girls at National DO think
sometimes, you know....*grinning*.
Besides, those of us that know or have input at that level copy and fax stuff
to them from here all of the time anyways...*hehehee* During the '93
Jamboree, I stopped by Jamboree Headquarters to use the bathroom. It was
pouring rain. I was stopped by a professional that I knew that worked in
Council Support on the way back to the bus where Jessica was waiting for
me at, and we talked. He said "I hate Mondays and Wednesdays", and when
I answered why, he responded "because that's when we get all of this stuff
from the Internet people about things they think should be changed about the
program...and some of the senior staffers really READ that stuff!"
I smiled, not letting him know that I contribute to his weekly workload some
weeks. Please trust me, Charlie, there's folks that DO read and take note of
some things we talk about here and elsewhere...and they do try their best to
make the program better from our conversations, discussions and GREAT
IDEAS to improve the program for the youth we serve.
(you should post me privately and tell me where your Troop meets @graf.
I have to go back up there to do some work and hopefully to pick up a
used laptop...I would love to sit in on a Troop meeting up that way!)
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
(Brigade) Signal Officer, TF 21, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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