Re: Merit Badge Requirements
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 21 Jun 1998 21:07:46 -0400
On Sun, 21 Jun 1998, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> At 11:22 AM 6/19/98 -0400, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> >In SOME cases, such as the First Aid/EP, that may well be true. In other
> >cases, however, the first requirement is to DEFINE something.
> >If you can't define it, I don't see how you can work on it...how would
> >you know what you were doing? (g)
> >If Req. 1 is "show you know how to transport a gun", then I'd want that
> >shown FIRST.
> >It has always seemed to me that the requirements are listed in logical
> >progression, from easy to difficult. (Except for Req. 6 in Genealogy,
> >which seems to be seen as a Killer.)
> Except that UNLESS THE REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICALLY SAY OTHERWISE, they can be
> done in any order, whether that seem logical to the counselor or not, and
> the counselor is not authorized to require otherwise.
> An example, as previously stated, is Lifesaving where it says to do the
> swimming merit badge and swim the 440 BEFORE completing the other requirements.
All right, I know what Bruce is saying, and I sort of agree.
Where I'm having a philosophical problem, or maybe it's just a mental
blind spot is:
In the Fishing MB, the fish has to be CAUGHT before it can be cleaned and
it must be cleaned before it is cooked. Wholeheartedly, unreserved
agreement with "UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED..." would allow the Scout to
buy a fish fillet at Safeway and cook it, then go to Winn-Dixie and buy a
whole fresh fish to clean, and THEN go fishing with Grandpa and catch a
minnow. I don't THINK that's what's intended.
In Cinematography, "any order" would allow the Scout to shoot film before
developing his script and story-board -- a process which usually takes 2
to 3 times as long as actual shooting -- which will result in his
frustration faster than anything I know.
In Rabbit Raising, one of the requirements is to sell the bunnies one has
raised. That requirement had BETTER be done after "raise the rabbits",
whether it specifically says so or not.
With these bizarre exceptions, I'm willing to agree that 90% of the time
it doesn't/shouldn't/won't matter what order things are done.
YMMV, of course, and I could be all wrong ...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City