Re: Meeting requirements concurrently
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 20:05:36 -0400
I think that you're right. Some boys won't be served by your approach,
but that's what we have MB Counsellors for. Each may run their own
program to supplement a Troop program, and boys can approach them to
supplement even more.
> Asking how can
> we do the least amount of "work" for the most amount of MB's is like
> asking how much we can get away with and still get into heaven.
> Perhaps we should look at it as a program issue. For instance, we plan
> two small (5 mile) hikes each year as part of our program so that the
> younger fellows have an opportunity to meet their Second and First
> Class requirements. During the hikes, they can identify the flora and
> fauna, display their first aid kits, show some map and compass skills,
> etc. We should do the same with Hiking and Backpacking.
> With Hiking and Backpacking, we could schedule one of each type of
> trip as part of our program each year.
There are areas where I am perfectly happy combining activities, like
"cook for your patrol" into a rank signoff and merit badge completion,
others I may not be. I sign-off the first aid demonstration for both
hiking and backpacking at the same time, for example.
It's when it comes to the core of a MB that I begin to feel trepidation.
For example, I don't sign-off the rank 5 mile hike as the 3 mile
break-in backpacking trip requirement. It seem that to some we could
add up all of the extra miles in a weekendand if they meet another
minimum, then there is a signoff. I look at the mileage for both of
these MB's as a minimum, mainly to makeup for the diffenence between
flatland and mountains. 15 miles in FL is not the same as Colorado.
I don't care how the event starts off, but a boy usually can signoff
only one type of event, a hike or a backpacking leg. I've had boys not
be able to complete backpacking trips and called any of their 10 mile
legs hikes, but the 10 miles after the first five when the weekend will
total 25 is not a hike, it's part of a 25 mile backpacking weekend. If
my kids backpack 5 and drop their packs and hike 10, that's a hike, but
the miles can not count for both if I'm signing the MB off.
It's all a matter of philosophy. I'm not looking for MB sign-offs, but
the experience that eompleting the badge brings. I do not add
requirements, but I try to add content and ensure that the boys have a
quality learning experience. Preparing for a Venture or High Adventure
activity is a greater experience than I plan, and programming sign-offs
as part of that type of program is appropriate and good leadership. It
is so long as we don't overlook the unique differences of each MB and
forget that it's not just the mileage.
MCB Quantico VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City