Re: All Merit Badge Counselors within the Troop
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 17:58:44 -0500
You make an excellent point for those troops who live in more isolated
communities, however, I still maintain that parents within the troop are not the
best source of MBC's. I feel that they should be a source of last resort.
Unless you live in the outback by yourself and home school your children, you
should be able to recruit MBC's from your local community. Personal management:
ask your local banker. Law Enforcement and Finger Printing: ask you local
police/sheriff's department. First Aid: ask local EMT, nurses or doctors.
Bicycling: ask the local bike shop. Auto Mechanics: ask your local gas station
mechanic. Rifle and Shotgun: ask a local sportsman's club or sporting goods
dealer. Swimming: ask the local YMCA. Cooking: ask a local restaurant chef.
Plumbing, this is obvious.
The point is that MBC's do not have to be uniformed leaders. Teachers,
librarians, church members, local chapters of outdoor organizations, newspapers,
businesses, clubs, government employees such as federal, state or county agents
who work in environmental areas, etc. etc. etc. all have people who can and will
help you if you ask. If you don't ask, you don't get. In fact, have the boys do
the approaching with a "Sir or Ma'am, would you know anyone who might be
available to teach me a few things about (their area of interest)?" Very few
will turn him down. Have an adult ask them to "VOLUNTEER TO BE A MERIT BADGE
COUNSELOR" and they would run like heck. So ask and ask in a way that will sell
scouting to the community. It will also help in recruitment.
Having parents sign up as MBC's is certainly easier for the troop committee, and
in some cases, might be the only way a boy can earn a certain desired MB. But
look at it this way, some day these boys will have to look for jobs and careers
in the great big world amongst adults they don't know and who don't know them.
Which experience do you think will eventually serve them better? Remember it's
not about awards, it's about youth development.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City