Re: Merit Badges
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 23:15:56 -0700
Kim Moye <kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM> asked:
>"When should he start working on merit badges?"
The day he joins the troop.
>One of my friends from another council told me CJ could start anytime, but
>would not be awarded any til he made First Class....
This may have been the case once upon a time (I seem to remember that
myself about 40 years ago), but it is no longer true. That's one of
the things I like about the program now, that a Scout can begin working
on the fun stuff (such as merit badges) right away instead of delaying
it until he makes First Class. When a Scout comes in with a hobby that
is also a merit badge, it is a good way to immerse him in the program
by expanding on what he already knows.
When my youngest joined the troop with the other Webelos from that den,
they bridged on Thursday, left with the troop on Friday for the ski
trip, came home Monday with most of the Skiing merit badge completed.
By the court of honor a few weeks later, they had their first merit
badges, even before they had finished the 30-day requirement for
Tenderfoot. It was a great jump start to their Scouting careers.
Within in three years, they had over 20 merit badges each (along
with Life rank).
As for a good one to begin with, I would recommend Safety. There is
nothing difficult about it, but it is an excellent one to introduce a
Scout to the steps of working on a merit badge: getting the blue card
from the SM, contacting the counselor and meeting with him/her to
discuss the requirements, going home to study the pamphlet and begin
working on the requirements, meeting with the counselor again to
discuss what he has learned and what to do next, meeting with the
counselor a final time to report on the project and get the counselor's
signature on the blue card, and returning the blue card to the SM.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
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Scoutmaster, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Jamboree Troop #637
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