Re: Frustrated with M/B councilor
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 08:47:20 -0400
Tom Lynch wrote:
>> In 1 hour this individual (taught) the badge, asked a couple
questions, and signed off 15 scouts on the spot. This isn't to bad
when it's not an Eagle Required Badge, but for the Citz. badges, I
just can't see 4 hours. The Scouts don't have to do any work on
their own. I can't see how they even meet some of the
I would suggest that you have a private talk with your District
Advancement Chair. It's his or her job to make sure that each
unit in the District understands the role and mechanics of
advancement in the program.
The District Advancement Chair is responsible for approving all
MB counselors and making sure that they are properly trained.
You might suggest helping him or her run a course for all MB
counselors where the "rules" could be discussed to make sure
that all of the aims of scouting are met.
I assume that you've either already discussed this with the
rest of the troop committee, or are uncomfortable with doing
so because they are the primary culprits. In any case, you
might try going back to them again with the Advancement policies
book and the pamphlet that describes the role of a Merit Badge
counselor (I'm at work and don't have the numbers handy).
A third source of help might be your unit commissioner. It's
his or her job to monitor the troop and point out where it's =
practices are not in line with the rules, regulations, and =
guidelines. They are the "internal auditors" for the scouting
movement (Of course, I've yet to see a unit commissioner do
anything at all along these lines - I wonder if they've ever
read their job descriptions?).
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.14
District Advancement Chair, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Advisor to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City