Re: Dads as MB Counselors
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 18:28:41 -0800
no longer accept blue cards from his mother.
> I would be interested in hearing how others would handle this......
> Hope Pritchard
> Troop Committee Member
> Troop 11 - West Side Christian Church
Hope, the example that you gave is one of the primary reasons that only
in very rare situations are parents allowed to sign-off on merit badges.
In Stevens Dist. it is the responsibility of the District Advancement
Chair. to maintain & provide a listing of, all district merit badge
counselors. SM's & district staff recruit qualified individuals in the
merit badge fields. We have several hundred names on our lists with many
duplicates so it is really not necessay for a Scout to have Mom or Dad
do the signing off.
The SM's handle the assignment of counselors differently within the
district. Most popular for non-LDS troops is that the SM picks the
counselor nearest the Scout's home or school. The Scout may request a
certain individual & so long as the SM agrees, that is the name that
goes on the card. LDS troops generally allow the Scout to select their
own counselor, but they perfer that they be church members whenever
In all cases the SM must approve the use of a parent in those rare cases
where no one else is avalible. The District Advancement Chair. reviews
all merit badge blue cards before they go to district to insure that
Scouts are not using the same counselor time & time again. This has
drawbacks also, as the District Advancement Chair. refuses to have a
staff & allows SM's & ASM's who are on the list to sign-off on their own
sons, which in several cases-"makes one wonder."
Hope, our system works. From one end of the district to the other
qualified citizens volunteer to serve as merit badge counselors in their
areas of expertise. I think that the boy you lost, may have violated the
Scout Oath & Law-following the example of his mother. Wish you the best
of luck. The system is only as good as the people in it.
George A. Paccerelli, BSRT Commish, Stevens Dist. INWC-WA&ID "I use to
be an Antelope."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City