Re: Merit Badges - Read the Book?
Michael Kauffmann (optimist@MERITBADGE.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 10:44:33 -0500
Rickey Steverson wrote:
> 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?
No, there is no requirement that a Scout read a merit badge
pamphlet. However, in a few cases, it would be very hard if
you didn't. Occasionally a requirement will refer directly
to the pamphlet but more often a requirement will be vague.
(ei, the phrase "Define THE five types of such-and-such..."
doesn't provide the information you need when you can think
of 8-10 types of such-and-such.)
You are correct when in your belief that the BSA wants the
merit badge books to be a central part of your merit badge
program. Personnally, I believe it to be very important,
too, but it's not required. As for Scouts failing to return
merit badge pamphlets, that's why troops have librarians.
I hope you can change their minds. Good Luck!
Michael Kauffmann mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Merit Badge Research Center http://www.meritbadge.com/
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