Re: Merit badge time limitation
Cynthia D King (cdk7552@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 20:00:12 EST
It seems to me that the Quality Unit designation is a standard to be
achieved. Yes, many of our units go far beyond this--and should, in
setting goals. The Quality Unit designation lets other folks
know--parents, Scouters, Chartered Partners--that the unit has met some
minimum standards of organization and programing. The Quality Unit
requirements are well beyond what is necessary to recharter a unit.
The qualifications for this designation are going to change--just as our
program has changed over the years to meet the developing needs of our
The annual recharter serves as a validation of all the activity of a unit
in the past year--finance, program, activities, leadership, training.
When the Scout (and his/her parents) say that they want to be a part of
this organization's Scout program for another year, they are validating
the previous year. (or, at least, hoping for a better year). The Quality
Unit designation gives a broad evaluation tool for everyone, based on
National standards. When choosing a unit for my son/daughter, I would
expect the unit to meet the National standards--and aim for higher goals.
I would hope that all parents enroll their child in Scouting for a
quality program, not a sub-standard one.
Communication from the National to the unit does take time. It should not
take from August until now. An adversarial relationship with the
professional staff can make this problem worse. Where was the
I don't have a problem with asking units to recharter with one more youth
than last year. As a commissioner for nearly seven years, I saw very few
quality units that had difficulty with this. We can't reach the youth
with character development and leadership training if the youth is not in
our program. When our density is hovering around 25%, there is plenty of
opportunity for recruitment. I didn't say that it was easy--quality never
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City