Re: Merit Badge Requirements
Craig Oakford (oakford@EARTHLINK.NET)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 12:34:31 -0700
Of course we have steps for working on merit badges. But how many boys working on
Tenderfoot are even thinking about Camping merit badge's 20 days and nights? I
would guess none. The requirement is to "Camp out a total of at least 20 days and
20 nights. Sleep each night under the sky or under a tent you have pitched. (You
may use a week of summer camp as part of the 20 days and 20 nights.)" If they do
it, they do it. Let's not get so hyper about the "steps." If we turned a boy
down who has honestly completed the camping requirement, we might be turning him
off to Scouting. We would all be the losers then.
Susan O'Connell wrote:
> Here are the steps as listed in the 1998 "Boy Scout Requirements" book of
> merit badges.
> 1. Pick a subject. Your Scoutmaster will give you a name of a person from a
> list of counselors.
> 2. Call the Counselor. Get a signed merit badge application from your
> Scoutmaster. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor, tell him/her that
> you want to earn the badge.Thew counselor may want you to see him/her to
> explain what he expects, and start helping you meet the requirements.
> When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required.
> 4. When you are ready, call the counselor again to show that you met the
> requirements. Take along the things you made to meet the requirements. The
> counselor will ask you to do each requirement as stated.
> 5. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he/she
> will sign your application. Give the signed application to your Scoutmaster so
> that you can be awarded the merit badge.
> IMHO, as a Merit Badge Counselor, I would not allow him to get the merit badge
> on camping trips already taken. Part of the m.b. process is to contact the
> counselor and go over requirements. The merit badge program is not just to get
> a m.b., it is to teach them the responsibility of contacting a counselor,
> doing each step in order in the program, etc. Scouting is not about blindly
> offering the finished product, but about teaching all the steps in earning it.
> The steps were put in place for a reason.
> Susan O'Connell
> Boy Scout/Girl Scout Leader
> Baltimore Area Council
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