Re: Chess Merit Badge
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 22:40:45 -0500
There has in fact been a great deal of communication with the Boy Scouts of
America regarding Chess Merit Badge. USCF (United States Chess Federation)
Executive Secretary Robert Doyle flew to Texas in 1982 to pitch the idea to
the BSA. There has been a number of discussions over the years since. At
one time Boy's Life had a column feature on Chess but it was discontinued
some years ago.
Today there are about 8 Chess Explorer Posts in the United States including
Post 12 which I advised for six years in the Flint River Council of
Georgia. A number of High School Chess Clubs use Explorers for the
Insurance and Military Travel Benefits it offers. Other communities have
regular Explorer Posts that are not specific to any school.
Thunder Scout Reservation in Georgia for over a decade has had the "Check
it Out Mate" Chess Tournament as a regular Honor Unit Evening Activity
feature. Chess sets are provided outside the Trading Post and weekly
winners announced. Other scout camps in Georgia like Blue Heron and Ben
Hawkins have also had Chess Tournaments.
*Somewhere* I have the old correspondence between the USCF and the BSA on
this Merit Badge. I strongly endorse the concept and would welcome the
BSA's inviting the USCF to co-partner a Merit Badge.
USCF Member & Chess Explorer Advisor
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