Re: Time limit for MB's
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Sun, 24 Nov 1996 16:19:08 -0700
At 11:34 AM 11/23/96 -0600, Michael Holmes wrote:
>Monte Kalisch is correct that there is no time limit (unless specified) for
>merit badges except one's 18th birthday. He is, however, in error about
>redoing requirements. It's a little complicated, but the person who signs
>the blue card has the right (and, I would argue, the obligation) to make
>sure that the youth has indeed completed all the requirements. If a boy
>gets a "partial," and seeks to finish the MB with another counselor, that
>counselor has the right to satisfy him/herself that the boy, indeed, has
>done the requirement.
>As a practical matter, that need not include total repetition of the
>requirement, but it could, if the counselor so desires.
I see your point here, but I think it brings up an interesting question:
does that mean that any requirement, once signed, may have to be done
again? Does this include the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second, and
First Class? Does that say that the Scoutmaster has the ultimate
responsibility to make sure that each Scout has earned all the requirements
before he signs the SM Conference line?
At summer camp, there are thousands of partials which get completed. Does
the counselor have the responsibility to recheck all of those requirements
which have previously been completed? When/where does this stop?
I agree with you to some extent, but I wonder what the "official" policy
is. For instance, shock is not a requirement for First Aid merit badge
(presumably because the Scout has already learned about shock during their
quest to complete the first aid requirements through first class); however,
I always cover shock again in my classes! I cannot--and do not--make
additional requirements surrounding shock, but I certainly cover it again.
(If a Scout wanted to leave class, he could.) In that way, I'm duplicating
what they're supposed to have already learned. By not making it a
requirement, it's okay.
Still, what is the official policy? I want to stick with what the policy
is, but I think it's a bit vague right here. I've never been told this
Yours in Scouting,
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO
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