Re: Policy changes
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 16:46:46 -0600
Kim Moye wrote.....
>Mike Walton informed us of what some of the changes may be coming down the
>road. He also reminded us that *he* is not part of any of these decision
>making processes and is only reported what he has heard thru his connections
>(wish *I* had such great connections :)
No doubt about it, Mike is the best connected Volunteer Scouter out there
on Scouts-L! No doubt about it, seems like he should be writing for some
kind of National Boy Scout Magazine huh?
>Now for a dumb question.
(As they say in Woodbadge, there is never a dumb question, except perhaps
what to do with AOL CD-ROM disks)
>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?
When changes are announced there is a start date for when the changes will
go into effect. A Scout working on a particular Progress Award will have
ample warning and time to complete the requirements as currently written
before any new requirements would become mandatory. Remember Family Life?
It was out for over a year before it became required.
>Is is 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 boys
>be expected to do the new required badges? In my son's case and the boys
>that crossed over last March, I don't forsee a problem if they had to pick
>up the new ones...they're still pretty young. I can forsee problems with
>some of our older scouts if the list changed and they had to pick up some
Ironically, as far as Merit Badges go, it is possible for some scouts to
still earn Merit Badges like Beekeeping & Agribusiness as late as the year
2001, assuming they had gotten a blue card signed by their Scoutleader
before the cut off date for the badge, and they had started on the
requirements. Perhaps the young scout did all of the book work
requirements for Beekeeping but was just not ready to go tackle a hive of
bees. Suppose he keeps his interest and four years from now decides to
complete the badge. As long as his Merit Badge Counsellor is still around
and signs the card, technically he can do that. The practical problem
might arise if the Scout Shop Secretaries long ago decided to throw out the
badge as discontinued.
I was very much surprised by one thing Maj Mike wrote. Did anyone see the
reference to Consumer Buying being looked upon as an Eagle Required Merit
Badge? That was one badge that was chopped in 1994 because scarcely 1,000
scouts around the nation were earning it, placing it in the group of the
least popular badges in the program. Consumer Buying was a relatively new
badge, having only been established in 1986. I wonder if this badge will
be looked upon like a trip to the Dentist by scouts aspiring to achieve the
rank of Eagle. These are the same scouts who obviously voted with their
feet to spurn the badge when it was an optional one. I realize what is
"required" does not have to be synonymous with what is "popular" but I
would hope the advancement committee would tinker with the requirements to
increase the number of scouts attempting the badge.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City