Re: JAMBO97 Re: time limits
Tim Harkness (harkness@PTA6000.PLD.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 18:16:35 +0000
> Merit badges & the time it takes to earn them. Of the 16 troop in
> our district, ONE limits the time to one year. The rest take them as
> they come. However, I am not aware of any lad taking more then six
> months on any badge-those being the required ones. I believe the BSA
> puts out their guidelines to be followed-why is it that so many
> Scouters feel that ignoring the rules in one area, but not in all
> areas is o.k.? I believe most states allow you to drive for 3-4
> years before retesting-do you forget what you have learned. The key
> age is 18 years old.
But if you are part of a troop, you know as well as I you have boys
that will procastinate, take their time and then months or years down
the road, maybe they will get it done. Then what have they learned,
what did they accomplish. You use drivers exame as an example that
would not apply. You drive every day so the rules become second
nature and pass the exam with no problem. How many of these merit
badges do you work on every day in the same way you do driving? Boys
forget, procastinate and put off. If some kind of limit is not set,
hey then half done is as good as done. I have boarded boys who can
tell you what their favorite badge was but pick one of the list and
have them tell you something about it and you get a blank stare. So
yes, start a merit badge when he is twelve, finish when he is 18 and
ask him if he learned anything. He will say "About what?"
Sure it is exageration but it is the logical conclusion of not
setting a limit.
CM P61 ASM T59
"It is hard to make things fool-proof when the fools are so ingenious."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City