Merit Badge counselling via E-mail
Grant O'Neil (email@example.com)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 22:45:56 +0800
Craig Brown has told of how he is piloting the idea of merit badge
counselling by e-mail. This idea intrigues me. Obviously, in some areas
this would be totally unsuitable (tie a bowline, take a photo, scan it and
email it to me as proof you can do the knot...?) but I am sure that it
could be a handy way of tapping into some more diverse expertise in certain
areas than may be locally available.
I must confess to knowing very little of the specifics of the BSA programme
(OTOH, I daresay my knowledge of tenderfoot, 2nd class, 1st class, star,
life and eagle puts me a country mile in front of most BSA scouters'
knowledge of Australian scouting, but I digress...) in particular I don't
even know the full list of merit badges, much less their requirements.
Nevertheless, since my shiftwork and various other commitments are starting
to limit the level of involvement I can have with my own Venturers, I would
be pleased to offer my services in such a way to anyone wishing to avail
themselves of my skills and experience. Those of you who have seen my web
site and become acquainted with my posts on this list will have some idea
of my background and interests; you will probably know better than I how
these might fit into the requirements for BSA merit badges. My offer, of
course, also applies to awards or parts thereof for any other scouting
country. I am aware that there is a citizenship in the world merit badge; I
know nothing of the requirements but the name of it leads me to suspect
that it may be one such badge that could benefit from an international
flavour. Maybe I could not play the official role of "Counsellor"; perhaps
"Independent Advisor" or some such title would be more appropriate.
Just throwing ideas into this scouting melting-pot of ours...
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
Assistant Venturer Leader | |_|__\
2nd Ballajura Venturer Unit => \ |_|_ /
Swan Valley District ~~ `_'
Western Australia v
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