Re: Merit Badges
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 11:17:44 -0600
At 02:41 PM 4/9/97 -0500, Kim Moye wrote:
>CJ is almost complete with Tenderfoot and he has completed a small amount
>of Second class.
>My question is "When should he start working on merit badges?" The troop
>has someone working with the boys on one of the citzenship merit badges. I
>asked if CJ could go, and several people said yes...some others said it was
>up to me. I told CJ about it, but suggested he not attend the meeting
>because I was afraid he would feel overwhelmed and I understand they try
>to do the required Eagle badges several times when possible to help the
There is no set answer to your question. Personally, I wouldn't advise a
Tenderfoot Scout to start a Citizenship in the _____ merit badge as his
first one. There are some better choices: first aid and family life come
to mind. Those might give him a better feel for how merit badges differ
from first class challenge skills. Of course, though, if he wants to, he
may certainly begin any merit badge at any time (so long as he has approval
from his SM).
>One of my friends from another council told me CJ could start anytime, but
>would not be awarded any til he made First Class, although he could work
>on them anytime (how he would do this without getting prior approval from
>a counselor, I don't know).
CJ can, in fact, earn any merit badge at any time, even if he is not yet
first class so long as he has prior approval from his SM and has selected
an appropriate merit badge counselor.
>And last, how long can they work on a merit badge. Of course, (too me, the
>ex-girl scout) some seem pretty simple that could be done in a few weeks
>(basketry) while others (pick any citzenship one) would require quite a bit
Scouts have until they are 18 to complete any merit badge. If CJ acquires
approval and completes ONE requirement for a merit badge, then he can
finish anytime before he turns 18.
Yours in Scouting,
Monte Kalisch * mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
NCS Program, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO
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