Re: Expiration dates on merit badges?
Robert Haar (rhaar@RUST.NET)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 05:04:10 -0400
Your "district people" should learn to read the policies set out by
National, and should also learn that, while there is some room
for interpretation and local rules, they cannot change the rules
pertaining to advancement.
How much simpler of a statement do they need than "There is
no time limit" ?
Most often, this question comes up with regard to finishing a
merit badge after a partial was done at summer camp or with
another counselor for some reason. In that situation, the MB counselor
who eventually signs for the completed merit badge has the
responsibility to assure him/herself that all requirements have been
fulfilled, including those marked off on the partial slip. That does
not mean that the scout has to re-do those requirements, but the
counselor might call the other counselor, or might ask a few
questions covering the high points. If the answers are not convincing,
then more in depth review would be appropriate.
> From: Ricky Steverson <RSteverson@sea.BEACHLIFE.NET>
> My SM said that the district people have inform the troops thru a
> roundtable that the there is a time limit of 24 months for a scout to
> complete a merit badge. But when reading the "Advancement Policies and
> Procedures Committee Guide", BSA No. 33088, I find on page 19 in bold
> print in the Advancement in Summer Camp section the following:
> "There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18"
> Is the district rep. wrong?
Robert Haar email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM, BSA Troop 188, Rochester Hills, MI
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