Re: Personal Management Merit Badge
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 12:21:43 -0400
> From: Kirk Barley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Monday, June 09, 1997 11:12 AM
> I did a quick www search via Scouter's Journal. I found these links
> regarding merit badges. I found NOTHING that shows Personal Management
> changing in the last 2 years. I checked the first one against my 1995
> Printing of the 1982 Revision and they're the same.
> http://www.usscouts.scouter.com/mb/mb011.html requirements
> http://www.usscouts.scouter.com/mbchanges95.html changes 95
> http://www.usscouts.scouter.com/mbchanges96.html changes 96
Well, I wouldn't expect to have seen anything in the "changes" pages,
since I wrote them and wouldn't be asking the question if it was there.
:-) But it is good to see that someone is still checking them.
> Please let me know if there is a change. I just signed off a couple of
Okay, I just had a nice, pleasant conversation with John Dalrymple at
national. Here's the scoop.
First of all, mine was the first phone call he got and he now expects that
he might get a few more.
Personal Management merit badge is slated to have a change of requirements
released in the next edition of the Requirements Book, which will be a
97-98 edition, I believe, but it WILL be this fall.
This was supposed to have been included in the 96-97 edition but was
delayed because of a large stock of merit badge books that were on hand at
national supply. Apparently, that supply is now exhausted and supply has
started shipping the new books with the new requirements.
So, which requirements to use? John says to have the counselor use his
judgment. He does not feel there are significant changes, which I cannot
confirm since I have not YET seen the new requirements, but that if a
Scout shows up with the new mb book and has prepared based on it he sees
no problem with awarding the badge based on the new requirements.
However, the ones in the Requirements Book are still, technically, the
requirements until the new Requirements book is released.
Thus, my opinion, it would be improper for a counselor to INSIST on the
new requirements until they have been officially released.
Gee, now wasn't that easy to handle. All the problems here should be
dealt with so easily.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City