Re: Policy Question re: MB Counselors
p graham (gramf@DIGISYS.NET)
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 23:51:26 -0600
Doug C wrote:
>A senior scout told me recently that Scoutmasters are automatically
>qualified as Camping and Cooking merit badge counselors. I had not heard
>this before so I thought I'd check it out. This place is much more
>convenient than chasing down any written materials, so I thought I'd ask here.
>Anyone know anything about such a policy and where it might be written?
IMHO, no one is automatically qualified for counseling any merit badges
unless they have registered as a counselor. A Scoutmaster would certainly
be in the right place to be a cooking or Camping counselor.
In our troop, we have what the committee refers to as a "Camping
Scoutmaster" who does the field stuff and a "Merit Badge Scoutmaster" who
conducts the weekly merit badge session. Our committee chairman has stated
that as a committee member she can sign off on any merit badge blue card.
I know these policies are wrong-very wrong-but it is an LDS troop and I am
not quite sure how far the church pushes regulations to get their boys to
For the record, I'm the Webelos Den Leader of a combined Webelos Den that
feeds three troops. Two of the troops are church sponsored and one is a
"civilian" troop. I pulled my son out of the church troop and my youngest
will cross over to his brother's troop so that they can experience real
I'm on our church scout committe by virtue of my Webelos position and have
been fighting the committee chairman for about six months over the "gifted"
merit badges and extremely rapid advancement-we have an unofficial policy
of Eagle by 14-of the boys. The bottom line is this: How can I get the
church troop in line with BSA policies? Can some of you LDS Scouters clue
me in ?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City