Re: Dads as MB Counselors
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 20:39:13 -0400
At 06:38 PM 7/9/97 +0600, Daniel Brown wrote:
>At 02:24 AM 7/7/97 GMT, Ben Parker wrote:.
>>Just so you know that the Advancement Guidelines book published by National
>>very specifically permits this, which means your Troop policy is not
>I beg to differ. The policy is the result of a rational agreement between
>adults to avoid
>undue appearances of favoritism. It has been ignored when the situation
>have had no complaints in the unit about it since to 70s and no objection
>outside the unit until now.
I agree with you, but take it one step further. It is true that the
Advancement Guidelines says that a counselor can counsel anyone, including a
relative, but the merit badge procedures also specifically provide that it
is the SM who assigns the counselor. Thus, if the SM doesn't assign the
parent, the parent doesn't counsel the son. Period, full stop, end of story.
My understanding is that the purpose of the statement in the Guide is so
that should the SM choose to let the parent counsel the son nobody else can
claim that it is not allowed.
Bruce E. Cobern
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