Re: email Merit Badges
Steve Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Sun, 12 Apr 1998 22:33:11 -0400
At 05:33 PM 4/12/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I have always felt that there is also an aspect of earning a merit
>badge which may be just as critical, and that is to learn to communicate
>with an adult. I can see where counselling over the internet may be a
>reasonable way to handle situations such as lone scouts, however, I don't
>feel that using it as an alternative to meeting a counsellor in person does
>much to help the scout. Does anyone agree?
Generally I agree with you but not completely. Two of my favorite MBs to
counsel for are Computers and Communications. One of the keys to
learning is to apply what you have learned. On both these merit badges
I strongly encourage the scouts to submit their reports and information
to me via e-mail with applicable attachments. By doing this they are
using other means of communication and applying their computer skills.
Even in those cases where they don't have a machine at home there are
machines at school and at buddies houses. It also gets around the
difficulty of trying to match up schedules just to meet to make
reports. So, in a creative sort of way, e-mail does have its place.
Stephen M. Hoar
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City