Re: Merit Badges
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 3 Dec 1996 07:59:59 -0500
On Mon, 2 Dec 1996, Mike Norman wrote:
> Help, does anyone know if there is a stipulation on if or how many merit
> badges a father can counsel for his son as long as he is a registered
> counselor for the badges?
He can counsel for as many badges as the SM (or designee) assigns him to
counsel. The SM does this by filling out the blue card, including the
name of the counselor that the scout is to use for the badge.
Alas, it is common for the SM to just sign the card, perhaps after
filling in the name of the badge (and, perhaps not).
I happen to think that the merit badge program provides an opportunity
for a scout to make an appointment with a (relatively) unknown adult, to
learn something from that adult, to demonstrate competency to that adult,
etc. Skills that will serve him well when he starts looking for a job.
When parents counsel for merit badges, this part of the learning gets
"short circuited." Remember, it is not just "scouting" skills that we
teach: it is also life skills.
HOWEVER, this part of the learning is not a requirement for the badge.
Other than limits placed by the SM, there is no limit on the number of
badges a parent (or any other counselor) can sign off.
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Pack Committee Chairman, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
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