All Merit Badge Counselors within the Troop
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 08:46:39 -0700
A point was brought up in another thread. At the risk of being redundant
(because I don't YET read all the Boy Scout posts), why is it bad to have
the Merit Badge Counselors come from the parents of the boys in the Troop,
particularly if that Troop is relatively isolated from other Troops,
district office and larger populations from which to draw counselors from?
Wouldn't it be logical for such a Troop to develop their own corp of Merit
Badge counselors to save the boys (and parents) from driving the boys to
towns 20 miles or more away to meet with a counselor?
Would it be better in a case such as this to have Merit Badge Clinics,
where you set up a workshop or seminar and take the whole Troop through a
Badge? Then you could justify bringing in someone outside the Troop?
There would certainly be badges any particular Troop couldn't cover, so
there is still opportunity to "go outside" the Troop for counseling.
I would think it helpful in spreading the load around if all the parents
were asked to counsel for a badge or two as part of their remaining
involved with the Troop. That was the tact I planned to take with my
Webelos parents next year, closer to our crossover.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
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