Re: Merit Badge Irregularity
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 22:34:12 -0400
On Tue, 26 Aug 1997, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> At 09:30 AM 8/20/97 -0400, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> >It seems unfair to penalize the Scouts for the sloppiness of the adults,
> >particularly since it is clearly going to set the boy(s) back a rank or two.
> Considering that I think we can assume that the Scouts should at least have
> READ the requirements for the merit badge, can it be said that they are
Agreed: the Scouts should have read the requirements. They should have
even DONE the requirements.
> totally "innocent" in this matter? Can we REALLY believe that they had NO
> IDEA that they were getting a badge they had not earned? I think not and
> that they at least SHARE in the responsibility for this mess. It is NOT
> just sloppiness of the adults.
As I understood the scenario, the paperwork was sent up erroneously on
the 2nd badge which had as a preq the first badge. That is an adult
error, not a boy error. It remained uncorrected long enough for the boys
to go up two ranks; that too is an adult error, even in a boy-run Troop.
Do the boys share the blame? Sure. But beyond a certain point, it is
out of boy control or even influence. (For instance, if the Troop
requires the SM to give the boy the name of an MB Counselor, and he does
not, there is little the boy can do.)
Sorry to have wasted bandwidth here, probably I should have explained my
reasoning in the beginning.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City