Re: All Merit Badge Counselors within the Troop
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 14:06:36 EST
In my troop we approach earning the merit badges several ways. First we
maintain our own list of counselors with the goal of having a counselor for
all Eagle required badges. We recruit each year so the list of others varies.
We use the District MBC list for all we don't have counselors for.
Our community is unique. The troop turns over 80-85% every summer in both
boys and adults when the US Army War College class ends. Thus, while using
parents for some of the badges, chances are the kids have never met them
before. I recruit an adult that will attend most of the campouts to counsel
Camping so the scout can work on it during the year. I recruit from the
community at large for any counselors and target individuals. For example the
Veterinarian does Vet Med, Dog Care, Pets and Public Health. The adult that
runs the wood shop does Woodworking.
We plan to do four merit badges as part of a troop outing--skiing,
wilderness survivial, finger printing & climbing. The first two use adults in
the troop, the second uses the military police and we do it as a group to
reduce the burden on the counselor. Finally we contract with a professional
organization, Tressel Care, for the climbing. They normally do "outward
bound" types of programs so they are familiar with working with youth. In
fact they enjoy the boys scouts because they are motivated to be there, listen
and usually get it right the first time.
We also place personal management and family life on the schedule to help
with the 90 day requirements, but besides the intial contact with a counselor
the boys have to arrange everything else.
So far using multiple strategies helps because of out unique situation.
In any community you should be able to recruit specific individuals as other
postings indicate, but having parents involved even as MBCs, I think is a
Merit Badge Coordinator
Troop 173, Carlisle Barracks, PA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City