Re: Policy changes
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 11:18:01 -0500
> From: Kim Moye <kmoye@SUN2177.SPD.DSCCC.COM>
> Date: Tuesday, February 03, 1998 9:09 AM
> Mike Walton informed us of what some of the changes may be coming down
> road. He also reminded us that *he* is not part of any of these
> making processes and is only reported what he has heard thru his
> (wish *I* had such great connections :)
Part of the problem with posts like Mike's (sorry Mike) is that they
create lots of unnecessary worry and speculation over how things will
(really should be MIGHT) work and how we (the adults) can make sure that
they (the Scouts) don't get HURT by the changes.
Well, that's spending lots of energy in areas where it really need not be
spent. It reminds me a lot of my own profession (CPA/Tax manager) where
every time there is TALK of a tax change we have to spend lots of time
assuaging the fears of our clients even though 90%+ of the changes never
Somehow, the BOYS always manage to take these changes in stride. It is
the adults that have the real problems with them. That is why, in 1973 or
so, when they went to Skill Awards all of the adults complained how they
were ruining the program. Yet, in 1989 (or whenever it was) when they
eliminated them all of the adults complained how they were ruining the
program. The real point was that anything that was different was viewed
as ruining the program.
Now that I am done with my diatribe, let me try to answer your question
and put you at ease.
> Now for a dumb question.
> I know that merit badges have been added, deleted from the required list
> for Eagle in the past. My question is, how does it affect the boys that
> are at Star rank or higher working on the current list of requirements?
> Is it like college, where if I enrolled, I worked under the degree plan
> that was in place regardless if it was changed later on. Or will the
> be expected to do the new required badges? In my son's case and the
> that crossed over last March, I don't foresee a problem if they had to
> up the new ones...they're still pretty young. I can foresee problems
> some of our older scouts if the list changed and they had to pick up
> new badges.
In all of the prior instances I have been involved with national provides
a transition period before the new required merit badges are required.
Using Family Life, the most recent addition to the "required" list, the
badge was introduced one full year before it became required. The
announced policy would be that it only was required for Eagle Boards of
Review held after 9/1/94, even though the badge was introduced on 9/1/93.
(This was later changed so that Scouts who had completed all of their
requirements before 9/1/94 could make Eagle without F/L, even if the board
was held after that date.) Thus, every Scout who thought he might not
make Eagle by 9/1/94 had AT LEAST one year to earn the badge. In spite of
that, you should have heard the hue and cry about the change when the date
came around. There was also this rush to have boards by 9/1/94 so the
Scouts didn't have to earn that badge. Somehow it seemed incongruous that
all these Scouts who claimed to be the best Scouting has to offer would be
looking for the "easy way out" to earn their Eagles.
Okay, so I lied. Now that I'm done with my second diatribe, relax. There
will almost certainly be transition periods and, regardless of what they
are, the SCOUTS will handle them far better than the adults. Remember,
its THEIR program.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City