Re: Concurrent merit badge requirements.
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 23:23:12 -0400
At 10:20 PM 6/9/97 -0400, Ron Raab-Long wrote:
>What's the sense of this austere group? IMHO, merit badges are designed to
>give the scout a "taste" of the subject. To expose them to subjects they
>may not otherwise experience. If two merit badges call for essentially the
>same, or very similar accomplishments (hiking 20 miles versus 15), the
>Scouts have expressed a desire to earn both badges, have been given blue
>cards for both badges, and have been assigned counselors for both, why
>should they have to do the same thing twice?
They shouldn't, and I'd challenge anybody to show me in writing, anywhere in
the Scouting literature where it says that a Scout cannot use the same
"action" to meet more than one requirement.
Let's see, a Scout is in camp and wants to take rowing and canoeing merit
badge. The waterfront director, who counsels both badges, has him do 3
minutes of CPR on the mannequin to meet the requirement for rowing. An hour
later he comes back and sees the same counselor for canoeing. Do you REALLY
think that the waterfront director MUST make him do another 3 minutes of
CPR? Will he have forgotten it in an hour?
If the hike meets the requirements for both badges it can count for both
badges, as long as the counselors each feel it meets the requirements for
THEIR badge. If the counselor won't take it because it was "used" for
something else, find another counselor.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City