Re: Merit Badges - Read the Book?
Don Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 10:31:00 -0500
In my role as a merit badge councilor I have run into some local troops
that are doing the same thing. The figured that the Requirements HDBK
and MB books are changing so often, that they would try to save some
money and only buy the 1 book.
HOWEVER< If you try to compare the requirements in SAY NATURE MB with
the requirements HDBK, it is VERY confusing. The paragraphs and SUB
headers are very different. I was working with a scout that had a
PARTIAL from summer camp, and the partial was signed off on the
basis of the Nature MB book. The scout called me in total confusion
when he tried to compare the Partial to the requirements book!
As a MBC, I always keep as current a copy of the REAL book as I can
locate! And I keep older copies for a referrence when scouts
have a partial from a camp that may not have used the current MB BOOK
or used the "requirements" book.
I will work with the scout with whatever we have to deal with!
I will also loan the scout the current books for a period of 6 weeks
at a time, or until our next meeting.
I am not aware that the scout must POSESS or READ the MB books.
They are only a refference, and often require additional information
to complete the badge.
It would be nice if at least National coould publish the same requirements
between the requirements book and the MB books.
still an Eagle, Eagle Dad, wuz an Owl, grew old and feeble as a staffer
Am I am going to be a grandfather too . . . .
> 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?
> Rick Steverson,
> Troop 513
> Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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