The Gillams (a2m5u8gt@COASTALNET.COM)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:36:51 -0400
A questioned was asked by a parent of a Boy Scout for the Troop Committee I
serve on was:
"Can the troop court of honor, that needs to be planned by the Scout, be a
Cub related award ceremony or only for the troop?"
Now I would like to know, is this a solo act or a joint effort on the Scouts
behalf for the Communication Merit Badge? Has anyone out there heard of or
More questions. (I'm full of them.)
We live in a rural area and have to travel about 30 + miles to attend most
district functions or even further for council events (70+). A majority of
our Merit Badge Counselors are 30+ miles away. Parents and Scouts have a
hard enough time attending all the functions they need to be at in a week.
One of the boy's parents signed up for a good many of the Eagle
requirements. Is it appropriate for parents of Scouts to be their boy's
Merit Badge Counselors in this type of situation? I am looking on the the
list of MB Counselors for our district and don't see one listed in our
community for Communication. The closest is 30 miles away. Now what?
We are in the process of gaining more MB Counselors in our area but there is
no way we can register as many as the near-by towns or surrounding areas
which are larger or have more to offer.
Also the Troop only seems to be concentrating on the Merit Badges for Eagle,
as they are only purchasing the MB Books the Troop library. Is this common?
Seems they are running an Eagle mill and not allowing boys to make their own
decisions. There are a lot of interesting subjects offered by MB which I'm
sure the boys would really enjoy learning. If so much emphasis is being
placed on Eagle I'm afraid boys will burn out. Advancing should not be the
only focus of Scouting. Looks to me a lot of this could be done at home and
not consentrated on so heavily during Troop meetings.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City