Re: Dads as MB Counselors
Mary Lee Foley (mlfoley@EARTHLINK.NET)
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 20:17:52 -0400
MRS HOPE D PRITCHARD wrote:
> (text deleted for brevity)
> she obviously did not have knowledge of this subject matter suitable to be a merit counselor.
> (more deleted)
> The Scoutmasters and ASM's decided that parents would be allowed to
> be counselors for certain badges, and others would require that the
> counselor show "expertise" of some sort in order to qualify to be a
> counselor (either in their work or a hobby). We also required that
> all merit badge counselors fill out applications - even parents
> counseling the more simpler merit badges.
> I would be interested in hearing how others would handle this.
Don't your merit badge counselors fill out an application to be a
counselor? It's required in the Toledo Area Council and each district
maintains a list of counselors in its area. (The Scouts may go to any
counselor, but district lists generally have people who are closer to
home.) In the Anthony Wayne District, we fill out an additional page
which includes something like "why I think I'm qualified to counsel this
merit badge" for each badge (max = 7.) The qualifications can be
professional or hobby level or anything that you think answers the
question. I don't know of anyone being turned down, but I suppose it
wouldn't be widely publicized, anyway.
As for parents counseling their own boys, I think someone else already
mentioned that many of us make it harder for our own kids. I sure do!
BTW, there is a small pamphlet, "Merit Badge Counseling", with rules and
guidelines to be followed. There's no price on mine; I think I picked up
several for free when I announced that I was about to sign up several
Mary Lee Foley
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