Blue Cards vs. No Blue Cards
Anita Warshauer (Ladyscout@AOL.COM)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 04:29:04 -0400
Thanks for the many responses I've received.
In our troop, all merit badge counsellors are Troop
Committee members. The boys do not have to go
outside the troop to find merit badge counsellors.
All he has do is ask the person who counsels the
merit badge that he is interested in taking that badge.
They discuss what needs to be done at this time.
(Yes, the SM does approve the badges first. Some of
our boys need to work required badges for Eagle and
the SM keeps a record of who these boys are.)
Whenever a badge says "discuss" this is put in
writing. Nothing is verbally discussed. (I know
this actually changes the badge requirements, but we
feel this actually helps the boys more than talking
about a badge. Yes, we do talk to them about their
work, but the in depth stuff is all written). We do
not rewrite the badge in anyway except the "discuss"
word becomes "write". No requirements are deleted and
none are added.
When the scout completes the badge to the counsellor's
satisfaction, the counsellor signs the front page
of the boy's work. This is then passed into our
advancement person, who fills out an advancement
report (the one from Council) as well as listing
the badge on the boy's individual record (on the
computer). The print-out of the record is always
available to the boy and/or his family.
I have brought up using the blue cards again (even
volunteering to help with this record keeping)
last night and was told no, the troop doesn't have any
plans to use them in the future. Mr. P. does
understand that it would be the boy's responsibility
to have their cards filled out as they are working
on the badge, but since the boys write everything
there really is no need for the card as everything
required for the badge is done in writing. Example:
if a badge says that "build something", the boy builds
it and then writes about how he went about building it.
I'm sure I'm going to have lots of comments on the
way my troop does merit badges, most of which I am
sure will be aghast at this method. It does work,
however, and I am a firm believer that a little bit
of work, never hurt the boys. We feel if they can say
it verbally, they can take a few extra minutes to write
Thanks again for the terrific response and the advice
on programs for record keeping!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City