JAMBO97 Re: time limits
Olan Watkins (76207.3431@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 21:26:13 EDT
I don't think that anyone is saying that they give a kid one year to
merit badge and if he does not, that is it, he can not earn it.
I believe that what people are saying is that if a kid has not done
a merit badge in a year, it is time for him to go to another counselor for
merit badge and take a complete new crack at doing it with the new counselor.
In most cases with the merit badge counselors, if a kid makes one appointment
and then does not show up or call or something for a year, the counselor will
assume they will never see the kid again and pitch the paper work that they
have started and if they do show up somewhere down the road they will just
to restart from the beginning.
This is not in anyway putting a limit on earning the merit badge, it is just
saying that if they have not done anything on it for a year or longer, they
should just be prepared to completely restart it.
I think that there would be no problem with any merit badge counselor as
the kid stays in contact and reports his progress from time to time taking how
ever long it might take. But if a kid goes to a for example camping merit
counselor and says that he would like to start work on that merit badge. The
counselor tells him fine, this is some of the things that you need to do
need so many nights of camping, if you don't have those yet keep me posted as
you accumulate them. The kid goes away and is not seen or heard from again
5 years later, when he calls the counselor and tells him that he has the
required nights of camping, when can he have the merit badge. The counselor
say, huh who are you.
Merit Badge Counselors are just like other people, they take other jobs and
out of the area, they get sick and sometimes die, they may get tired of all
hassle and drop out of the program, they get more involved with their families
or jobs and no longer have the time, and etc. I don't think that it is
reasonable for a kid about to turn 18 to remember that he needs a certain
badge that he started 5, 6, or 7 years ago with a Mr. So and So, and to
up and expect him to remember or have records of what he may have done that
ago on a merit badge.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City