Re: BSA Program Changes?
Jon Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 08:07:40 -0500
As is often the case, I'm going to take the opportunity to weigh in on a
few of the proposed changes.
Most seem reasonable, although I wonder why the BSA is going back to
time limits for the early ranks. It always seemed to me that the times
were already pretty well included in the requirements.
My biggest disagreement is with dropping Communications as a required
badge. IMO, this is the badge most will use most often throughout their
lives. The skills from this badge, which generally aren't taught at any
point during school, are what will get and keep jobs for these boys.
Even as an engineer :), without the skills from that badge I would be
severely handicapped. The only thing from that badge that could be
dropped without too much problem is looking at careers in communications
(but that is one of those requirements tacked onto just about all of the
MBs). Scholarship is a weak badge, and won't help the boys nearly as
The other thing I worry somewhat is the vague language about QU being
"enhanced" to include membership stats. Hopefully this doesn't mean
they are returning to the fiasco of a couple of years ago, where troops
were required to grow or remain constant every year to keep QU. (my
polemics on that issue can be found in the Nov or Dec 1996 archives)
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