Re: Supply Service and Current MB Books
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 09:49:09 -0500
> From: Peter Farnham <pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG>
> Date: Monday, December 30, 1996 8:06 AM
> The issue of out-of-date merit badge books being sold at local scout
> shops could be a problem, but to inoculate myself and my scouts against
> this possibility, I buy a BSA Requirements book every time a new one is
> issued, every two years or so. The current one covers 1995-97, and
> the up-to-date requirements for every merit badge, every rank, and a lot
> of other awards.
Just as a reminder to every on the list, the most recent edition of the
Requirements book is the 1996-97 edition which was released this past
September. My understanding is that this will now be released ANNUALLY,
rather than every two years.
> So, when you counsel a scout working on an MB, make sure he has the
> current list of requirements, which you can give him simply by
> photocopying the appropriate page from the requirements book. Also, as
> an MB counselor, you should have a copy of the most current MB book
> available. You can also, no doubt, order them from the catalog (the
> one just arrived).
Just because you have the most recent edition of the MB book, doesn't mean
it will reflect the most recent requirements. I agree that any counselor
should have the most recent book, but they also need a copy of the most
recent requirements. I would hope that every district advancement
chairman makes sure that every counselor in his district who counsels a mb
that has changed requirements receives a copy of the NEW requirements, or
at least the changes. Memos describing the changes in the 95/97 and 96/97
editions of the Requirements book are available in the Scouts-L archive
and also on the US Scouting Service web page.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City