Re: Merit Badge list
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 16:25:33 -0600
At 09:41 AM 11/7/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Is there a website or does someone have the list of potential merit badges
>available to counsel for?
Your Scoutmaster should have a current requirements book--or at least the
next-to-current one (I haven't seen the latest yet). Inside the back cover
is a list of all current badges.
> Do I have to be an "expert" in whatever it is?
Not an expert, but knowledgable.
> Do I have to be recommended or can I volunteer?
Go ahead and volunteer. They'll probably be overjoyed to have you.
>What does it entail?
Just to be available to work with boys on the badge. How much time depends
on what badge it is and how popular it is. Some can be completed in a few
hours discussion, others are more involved. I keep a list of counselors for
Troops in town and when I contact them about staying on the list some say
they've hadn't had any calls all year. You will, of course, have to
register again as a counselor--how involved it is depends on what your
Council wants for paperwork & forms.
> My thought was to have have all my
>WEbelos parents be "encouraged" to do the same for whatever they are
>proficient at, as a way of beginning to prepare them for the transition to
>Boy Scouts. Is that off base?
Sounds great. The one shortcoming in the current setup is that counselors
have to be registered (I know it's necessary--but I don't have to like it.)
I suspect that there are a lot of Troops out there that keep a mimimal list
of registered Counselors--all the required badges plus a handful of others
so boys can get enough for Eagle. They're missing a big part of what the
merit badge program is for--exploring & sampling subjects which may turn
into career or lifetime hobbies. But if there are no available counselors
the boys don't have that chance. And yes, I know that the District should
have a list and share but when you live in a rural District covering three
counties it might not be practical to drive an hour to meet with a
counselor. And, unfortunately, some Troops don't like to share counselors.
Anyone I sign up has to be willing to help any Scout, not just ones in my
Troop. In over 10 years of keeping the list I've only had one turn me down,
and I believe he's registered with the one Troop he is willing to work with.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.
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