Re: Parents as MB Councilors
Mark Wright (wrightmd@ROANOKE.INFI.NET)
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 18:15:30 -0400
Frank Porter wrote:
> Some MB's (I came up with: Fishing, Collections, Gardening, Geneology,
> Repair, Pets and Reading) seem to lend thenselves to parents as
I think that *all* MBs lend thimselves to parent counselors *IF* (huge
'if') the parent knows the subject. A parent who is a doctor would make
a good counselor for Medicine. If he plays golf regularly, he could
counsel the Golf MB. The point is that the counselor must know the
subject which he counsels.
> Does your Troop have a policy or list of MB's that you encourage the
> parents to work with the Scouts? Maybe the ScoutsL could come with an
> "approved" list!
Again, we determine that based upon the individual's occupation or
hobbies. For instance, I'm a helicopter pilot. I counsel Aviation. I
studied music in college for several years. I also counsel the Music
MB. We have another ASM who is a truck driver. He works with the boys
who want to earn Truck Transportation. Another ASM has been a certified
EMT. He works on First Aid.
> I have seen stated policies such as, max 5 Non-Eagle required MB's for
> parent, on the list. I have also seen limits as to the number of MB's
> one councilor could administer for any one Scout.
Yeah, I've seen that too. It's wrong. Here is a quote from the
Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide:
"There is no restriction or limit on the number of merit badges a an
individual may be approved to counsel for.
There is no limit on the number of merit badges aScout may earn from one
An approved merit badge counselor may counsel any Scout, including his
or her own son, ward, or relative."
ASM Troop 136
CC Pack 584
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City