Re: SM Conf / BoR
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 1 Aug 1997 00:11:37 -0400
At 02:17 AM 7/31/97 -0500, GG Jenner wrote:
>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????
Well, in this case it is easy. You tear up the card (figuratively). All of
this discussion has been premised on the fact that the Scout has a properly
signed merit badge card. ALL merit badge counselors (including those at
summer camp) must be at least 18 years of age. Thus, in most camp
situations, the junior staff can teach and sometimes test the merit badges,
but it is the area director, the program director, or some other staff
member over the age of 18 who actually signs off as the counselor (often
using nothing more than the word of the junior staff member).
If you have merit badge cards that have not been signed by an 18 year old
counselor then you do not have anything worth anything. At this point you
need to deal with the camp because for any Scouts that actually HAVE earned
the merit badge you need to get a card signed by someone of age to sign.
For those who have not completed the badge you really don't have to worry
because without an adults signature as counselor they have nothing enforceable.
However, even in this case, I would still let the SCOUT, with appropriate
counsel from the SM, decide whether or not he is entitled to the MB. If he
feels he is then I would obtain an appropriate signature from the camp. If
not, I would work with him to make sure he completes the badge and then get
the card signed by an appropriate counselor.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City