Re: Possible new merit badge
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 21:15:41 -0600
Hey Michelle Shumate! Glad you found us and glad that you're getting a lot
of great stuff from us here at Scouts-L!!
You asked us all:
>After taking a merit badge quiz in a recent issue of Boys Life, I noticed
>that most merit badges were originally suggested by individual >volunteers.
Or by Scouts, in the case of a few of the more recent merit badges.
The National Boy Scout Program Committee keeps a large file folder full of
merit badge suggestions, new merit badge ideas, suggestions, and even
complete merit badge pamphets and "prototype badges". Every two years, as
what's being done this fall and winter, that volunteer committee and the
three professional members of that committee review and discuss new Merit
Badge ideas and suggested topics. Those that get their approval moves
onward to the BSA's Editorial Service, whereby the actual research and
background information, the pamphet, and a suggested design for the merit
badge itself is complete. The design is then taken back upstairs to the
BSA's Insignia and Uniform staff and to the Supply Division....where the
design is finalized and new badges ordered.
Sounds really complicated but its really not.
>I have a suggestion for a new merit badge but I'm embarassed to submit it
>without getting feedback from other scouters.
Whether or not *we* like it isn't important....it's if *you* think that the
merit badge "merits" their consideration. This is the case with the Chess
Merit Badge that's being considered....along with some other merit badge ideas.
>My sons (one cub, one new boy scout) are very involved in martial arts. >I
wonder, do any of you feel that a martial arts merit badge would be a >good
I think it would, but the BSA has already stated that martial arts, no
matter which form, isn't an acceptable BSA activity. (the immediate
reference is the Exploring Reference Guide, since I was looking up something
else for someone else; but I'm sure that you'll see the same thing in the
Safe Guide for Scouting). For some reason, the BSA doesn't consider judo a
"martial art", and they do allow it (can someone please explain the
difference for me and everyone?? To me, they are the same!) under properly
Hope that helps!!
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