Re: Earning Merit Badges
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 12:31:29 -0400
Earl Needham wrote, in part:
> The latest "thing" is to simply put the merit badges
> on an advancement form and send it in. The blue card isn't
> prohibited, but it isn't required, either.
That, IMO, is a VERY dangerous practice! What record is given to the
Scout that he has completed the MB? Who hasn't run into a case where
the "official" Troop records failed to account for a particular MB?
There are many shortcomings with the blue card system, but at least it
will, if done properly, give the Troop, the Scout AND the counselor a
permanent record of the advancement. That's VERY helpful if you're
trying to confirm or correct the Troop or Council's records.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City