Merit Badges - Read the Book?
Rickey Steverson (RSteverson@BEACHLIFE.NET)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 08:04:45 -0800
Can anyone tell me if there a written requirement that a Scout read the merit badge book
for the subject on which he is working to earn his badge?
The reason I ask; In my troop, the adult leaders are using the Requirements handbook as
their only reference for a number of badges. There has been a number of badges awarded
where the Scout, or the adult awarding it (typically the SM or ASM) never saw the inside
of the merit badge book. I have pushed for a small troop library of merit badges
booklets, but was voted down for reasons of "boys will not return the books, etc..."
Somehow I believe that the BSA fully expects the merit badge books to be a central part
of the merit badge program. Am I wrong?
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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