Re: email Merit Badges
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@pipeline.COM)
Sun, 19 Apr 1998 17:39:57 -0400
At 02:48 PM 4/19/98 EDT, Morrisonch wrote:
>In a message dated 98-04-12 18:36:45 EDT, Scott wrote:
>Actually, I haven't seen much MB Counseling done at the Scout's initiation and
>with someone who was not "arranged" for him. Most common are the MBs earned
>at summer camp, MB Marathons, or in conjunction with weekly troop meetings.
>Where is the initiative, and special learning involved in seeking out an adult
>to help me with a particular Merit Badge in these situations?
Well, as to internet merit badges, I don't think I would approve of a
stranger acting as a counselor for a Scout in either my troop or my
district. That is as opposed to having him work with a counselor from the
district and completing some of the requirements over the internet.
As to the lack of initiative demonstrated in earning merit badges, let me
comment at least as concerns Founders District in Queens Council. We do not
and will not have MB fairs, marathons or anything else of the sort at which
Scouts expect to "earn" merit badges. I would consider a MB midway which
introduced Scouts to the MB's, but would not allow them to earn them at the
We do not do merit badge instruction as troop program, and I am not aware of
many, if any, troops in my district that do.
Some summer camps do not use the "four classes and a test" method of dealing
with merit badges, but, rather, have an open program where the Scout deals
with the counselor in much the same way that they would deal with a
counselor in the non camp environment. They meet with the counselor at the
beginning of the week, discuss what's expected of them, and do it at their
own pace with the counselor available to assist. Resica Falls Scout
Reservation, of the Cradle of Liberty Council, where my troop camps.
I agree that in many cases the situation you describe is what the Scouts are
exposed to, but it doesn't need to be that way and we, as the adults, should
work to make sure it isn't. Just one long time advancement chairman's opinion.
Bruce E. Cobern
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