Re: Interpreter strip
Sat, 26 Oct 1996 12:25:51 -0500
Jon Dixon asked a very good question:
>What is the procedure for a boy getting signed off for an interpreter
>strip? I have the requirements -- what I am wondering is who is
>supposed to sign it off (are there supposed to be district level
>counselors), does it get put on an advancement report, and so forth.
The basic answer is "depends on the local Council". Yes, it SHOULD be
placed onto the Advancement report, even though it's physcially not an
advancement (it *is*, however tied to part of the requirements for the
Citizenship in the World Merit Badge). Why? So that the Council can
have a "running count" of how many boys qualified for the strip.
In lots of Councils, a statement signed by the person certifying
that all requirements are completed is all that is neccessary. This
person can be the Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Coach or Advisor/Skipper;
a school teacher; a parent or guardian; or another person. In some
Councils, like here in TAC, there's actually a localized form (which I
have a copy of and can fax you *next week* (I leave again for another
week tomorrow!) if you like...there also should be a copy somewhere in
our archives because I posted a copy about a year or so back. Not
being where I can easily look back and find it for you, I can't do that...but
I'll try when I get back to my room this evening)!
In some Councils, only certain people can approve the strips, and it's
policy (as in written down somewhere in a booklet that is distributed out
with the merit badge counsellors' names and phone numbers).
It really doesn't matter who signs it off...because the REAL test will come
when the Scout (or Scouter) has to PERFORM and TRANSLATE from
that language to American English....the basic thing is that your Council
needs to track how many were presented in the last year for stocking and
stats reasons and most importantly to add to that Scout's Scouting record.
Hope that answers it for you...and I'll be looking for that form. In the
meantime, if anyone else has a similiar one from their Council, please
post it here and share the wealth!!
(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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