Re: SM Conf / BoR
Donald E. Culberson (dculbers@JAGUAR1.USOUTHAL.EDU)
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 20:41:04 -0500
On Thu, 31 Jul 1997, GG Jenner wrote:
> >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,
> >And to add to Bruce's statement, from the Rules and Regulations of the BSA
> >(#57-492, 1995 Printing):
> >Article X (Program) Section 1 (Advancement) Clause 13 (Responsibility for
> >Merit Badges)
> >"The responsibility for merit badges shall rest with the merit badge
> >counselor approved by the local council and district advancement committee.
> >Merit badge counselors shall be registered adult members of the BSA. The
> >merit badge counselor shall prepare and qualify youth members. There shall
> >be no board of review procedure for merit badges, but public recognition may
> >be given at a unit court of honor or other suitable occasion."
> So what are you supposed to do with a card signed by a ?16? year old youth
> who is given the assignment at summer camp to counsel on MBs????
> 1. He has not been approved by council or district advancement committee.
> 2. He is not a registered adult member of the BSA.
> Of the qualified staff, I had no problem with taking what was signed on the
> cards as complete or incomplete. But in this case, I believe the SM should
> have some say as to approval on the merit badges (especially since we did
> more of the instruction than the counselor did).
> YIS - Ginger
You know, there is one other point I haven't seen brought up but which we
take pretty seriously in our troop... Here, and I suppose in other
councils, the troop leaders are required to submit an advancement form
listing each award earned to the council office in order to get the
badge. Without the form we are not allowed to buy the badge! I have one
of these forms in front of me now and the salient part reads like this:
"I certify that the following record of advancement is correct and that
it meets the standards and *requirements* of the Boy Scouts of America,
and that merit badge counselors are registered adult members of the BSA."
We are required to sign the form. We have taken the position that to sign
the form with certain knowledge that the badge was not properly earned
would not only compromise our own integrity by baldfaced lying, but would
show our scouts that we support the circumvention of the "standards
and requirements" (see the quote above) of the BSA. The copy of the form
I am looking at happens to be one that was submitted for a young man's
Eagle Award. I can look at it with pride in the certain knowledge that
the scout actually performed every requirement along the path including,
occaisionally, taking the extra time to complete requirements that
counselors outside of our troop did not consider important. I believe the
Eagle Scout is also justifiably proud. Had we dishonestly signed
advancement forms earlier on for merit badges that we knew were not
actually completed, his grounds for pride might have been somewhat
mitigated. In fact, who's to say that, upon seeing that his leaders held
the requirements in lower regard, he would still have found the effort
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