Re: Young MB Counselors
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Sun, 3 Aug 1997 18:06:01 -0400
At 04:00 PM 8/3/97 -0500, Benjamin Pharr wrote:
>Some councils don't have the resources to have a 18 year-old or older
>to be teaching every merit badge. People over 18 also tend to cost the
>camp a little more, seeing as how they can get a "real" job if they
>wanted to. For instance, I'm 16 and I was my camp's Scoutcraft Director
>this summer. I would say 80% of our MB counselors at camp were under 18.
>They even sign there own "blue cards" and no one complains. All flames
>welcome at email@example.com. :-)
Well, I would say your council is playing with fire. As I understand the
rules summer camp counselors MUST meet the same qualifications as other
counselors - that is they must be 18 years old or older. This is made clear
in the current edition of the Advancement Guidelines.
Thus, IMO, a SM does not have to accept a card signed ONLY by someone not
qualified to be a merit badge counselor. Thus, the council is leaving
itself open to lots of problems. What usually happens when the junior staff
(those under 18) are actually counseling the badges (something, by the way
NOT permitted by the current guidelines, but common nonetheless) is that the
cards are actually signed by someone over 18, be it the area director, the
program director, or the camp directory.
I realize that this might be a distinction without a difference, but
sometimes dotting the i's and crossing the t's can prevent problems later on.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City