Wilderness Survival and more...
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Tue, 24 Dec 1996 08:43:45 -0600
Bruce Cobern wrote:
>While we all agree, I believe, that the Scout has not earned the mb, the
>district advancement committee's specific task is NOT to do what it feels
>is right, but to enforce national policy at the district level.
You are right and I am wrong BUT, simply stated, if I find that a Scout has
fraudently passed 1 or more merit badges, he will not pass the District
Eagle BoR in this District. That situation can be resolved in either of two
ways: (1) he can reappear before the BoR when he has corrected the problem
(2) he can win an appeal.
The policy that I, like Bruce and others, SHOULD enforce grants omnipotence
to merit badge counselors, which permits rare (I hope) occasions of
sub-standard performance. IMO the time when we must knowingly accept failure
as satisfactory performance should never occur.
We can debate the rights and wrongs forever but nothing changes until the
loophole is corrected by national.
OTOH, if the program were not so great, we wouldn't have to put on white
gloves and inspect every crook and nanny (nook and cranny if you prefer) to
find a little dust.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City