Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU)
Sun, 5 Apr 1998 07:07:41 -0400
Can a MBC learn along with the Scouts?
In the ideal world every district would have an even geographic
distribution of motivated experts who could and would share their expertise
with all the Scouts in the District to make each and every MB available to
each and evry Scout. This is never the case in the real world.
In a less than ideal world you might have a parent or Scouter who finds a
MB is not available for the boys in his Troop and is willing to learn the
information and share what he/she is learning with the Scouts while
monitoring their progress toward the completion of the requirements listed
in the book. This may not be ideal, but IMHO it is not a bad situation if
the Counselor is motivated to do his/her best for the Scouts.
I am a Counselor for Indian Lore MB (among others), I have a great personal
interest in Indian culture and beliefs, I have some researched knowledge in
the dress, life style, religions, dance, warfare, history, stories, etc. of
the Woodland Indians of the Upper Great lakes and the Ohio country. I am
not a member of any of the Indian Nations. When a Scout comes to me and
works on the MB I frequently learn with the young man if he picks a Nation
to study outside of those I am familiar with. That is one of the joys of
working with the Scouts I counsel. We share information and, I hope,
develop a common interest in a great and fascinating people.
I understand that the questions posted may be trying to ensure the quality
of those counselling MBs based on a less than adequate experience with a
Counselor or based on trying to find a legal reason to deny an applicant
who is not "Counselor material". My experience is that you can not
legislate intent and attitude, the most highly skilled expert can be a
worse Counselor than a motivated novice. You have to judge results on a
case by case basis and be honest in your reasons. If you are concerned
over the quality of Counselors, first, volunteer to counsel MBs in you
areas of expertise and interest and, second, volunteer to be part of your
District's or Council's Advancement Committee.
In any case, we should all be here to make a difference for the Scouts. Let
this be our final guide.
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Simon Kenton Council, Buckeye District
I am an Eagle, I used to be a Frenetic Fox
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City