Re: Re: SM Conf / BoR
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 23:12:01 -0400
At 11:02 PM 7/29/97 -0400, B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM wrote:
> Bruce Cobern
> You wrote in response to my thoughts:
> "Once the counselor has signed the card the Scout has earned the merit
> badge and the SM has NO authority to do anything other than process
> it, if that is what the Scout desires."
> I believe that you are correct. If the SM believes that one or more
> requirements have not been met, the best thing to do is to have a SM
> Conf with the Scout and try to get him to see that an unearned merit
> badge is essentially meaningless and that it would be more meaningful
> to the Scout for him to postpone the recognition and truly EARN the
> MB. This would have multiple benefits over simply refusing to sign the
> - The SCOUT accepts the responsibility
> - The Scout recognizes that the failure was not HIS
> - When he completes the MB the second time, the Scout truly has a
> feeling of accomplishment, not just "satisfying the 'Old Man'".
> However, the MB Counselor's signature on the card DOES entitle the
> Scout to receive the MB without any more work, if that's his
> Chuck Batteau
> SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA
That is exactly what I have been saying all along. It is far better to help
the Scout realize that he hasn't earned the merit badge than to unilaterally
deny it to him. Especially since the SM doesn't have that authority.
But, alas, too many here appear to be on ego or power trips and think that
the important things in Scouting are whether a Scout has made a bowstring,
rather than whether he is challenged to grow his character.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City