Re: Merit badges for new scout
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 06:45:40 -0400
> When should he start working on merit badges?
As soon as a boy is a member of the troop, he MAY begin working on
merit badges. However, the boy NEEDS to concentrate his efforts on
learning basic Scouting skills -- that is, earning Tenderfoot, Second
Class and First Class ranks. I had a boy transfer into my troop who
had about eight merit badges -- and STILL WAS A "new scout"!
Obviously, this boy's parent and Scout leaders were putting their
emphases on the wrong thing. (He's now a Second Class and should make
First Class this summer.)
There's nothing wrong with working on merit badges now, it should just
not distract him from acquiring his basic skills.
As a matter of practicality, MANY merit badges will be beyond his
reach at this time. Orienteering is one excellent example -- younger
boys have neither the skills nor the attention span needed to complete
it. The citizenship merit badges MAY also fall into this category; it
all depends on the boy.
> ... CJ could start anytime, but would not be awarded any til he made
> First Class ...
This is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! If a boy completes the requirement for a
merit badge, the badge should be awarded at the NEXT Court of Honor.
These boys are old enough to experience minor delayed gratification
(waiting until a court of honor), but waiting until First Class is TOO
> how long can they work on a merit badge
The Boy Scout advancement policy states that a merit badge must be
completed before the boy's eighteenth birthday. There is NO other time
Hope this helps.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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