Re: Merit Badge Requirements
Michael Kauffmann (optimist@MERITBADGE.COM)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 11:01:01 -0700
I believe in many cases it is permissible to allow work that
has already been done to count towards a merit badge. Here
are my thoughts.
First, you are correct -- a Scout must sign up for a merit
badge before specifically pursuing it. However, was the Scout
specifically pursuing this merit badge. No, he was just
camping with the troop. Good participation in the troop
program should not go unrewarded.
Second, if a Scout has already done the work and he did it
while he was a Scout, why would we want him to repeat it.
Hard work should also not go unrewarded.
Finally, to discourage an active, hard working Scout in this
manner could diminish their future level of participation.
While some Scouts may take this in stride, others may be lost
to the program. You should weigh all this into any final
decision on the matter.
Mark and Teresa Bontempo wrote:
> Hello group,
> Our troop was having a discussion about merit badge requirements, and
> we could not find the regulation about earning the requirements for a
> merit badge prior to the boy signing up for it. eg. A boy joined the
> troop a year ago and has been on every camp out that we have had, but he
> just signed up for the Camping merit badge last month. Question is ,
> should the previous nights camped count? Any suggestions?
> Mark Bontempo
> Trp 88
> Houston, Tx
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