Re: SM Conf / BoR
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 1 Aug 1997 00:11:40 -0400
At 10:35 PM 7/30/97 -0400, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
>On Wed, 30 Jul 1997, Steven G. Tyler wrote:
>> awarded. The key is to get the Scout to accept personal responsibility
>> for satisfying all requirements, rather than accept the "windfall" of an
>That still, IMO, sets the Scout up as knowing more about the requirements
>than the Counselor, since it is unreasonable to expect someone to accept
>responsibility for something he knows little or nothing about.
Pardon the sarcasm, Cheryl, but don't your Scouts read, write and understand
The ENTIRE advancement process (and much of Scouting) is about developing
personal responsibility for one's own growth and development. The troop
should be providing opportunities, but it is up to the Scout to decide
whether to take advantage of them.
You are saying that your Scouts are incapable of reading the requirements
and making an informed, personal decision about whether they actually
completed each and every one of them as written or in a manner that they
themselves feel meets the requirement. That does not set them up as knowing
more about the subject matter than the counselor, only a personal sense of
integrity and responsibility about whether they actually completed the
Sure, I feel differently about this with an 11 year old going to the
handicraft lodge and working on basketry as his first merit badge than I do
about a 16 year old working on environmental science, but the concept
remains the same. You can't tell me that the 16 year old doesn't KNOW that
he is getting over on the counselor if he isn't doing all the requirements.
He is RESPONSIBLE for knowing what is required of him to advance and what is
required of him for each merit badge. HOLD him to that responsibility. Let
HIM tell you that HE feels he has earned the merit badge.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City