Re: Merit Badges
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 22:20:59 -0500
Wanted to jump in here on the question of parents counseling their sons
on MBs. I have no problem with it at all, basically for the same reasons
Michael Cooper says--it gets the parents involved. I've recently sent
out a home-designed Parent Resource Questionnaire to every parent in my
troop and ask among other things for each to circle up to six MBs off the
attached list of current MBs that they know something about and would be
willing to teach to small groups of boys. l
I tell parents that there is no restriction on them counseling their
sons, provided that they follow the rules, register as counselors, and
treat every boy the same.
I have asked the parents to limit their choices to six just to keep some
level of sanity; I think there are probably at least 40 badges I could
sign up to counsel, but I am only a counselor for 8.
If there were a BSA restriction against parents counseling their sons, I
would of course comply. But since there isn't, I don't feel that I can
reasonably tell my parents otherwise.
I'm trying to build a MB counselor list for my troop, and encourage
parents who sign up to be willing to counsel boys from other troops.
Alexandria, VA is pretty under-represented on the GW District MB
Counselor list, and I hope that our troop, at any rate, will help rectify
YiS (I used to be a Beaver...)
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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