Re: Questions about Camp Impartials
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 13:13:03 -0400
Carol Kelley wrote:
> 1) The first aid badge and the swimming badge call for "demonstrate
> proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved
> by your counselor". At camp for the last two years, they have not
> provided an Annie doll so that the guys can complete these
> requirements. I called the Red Cross today, and they will not just
> loan one out. The only way to get use of one is pay big bucks for a
> CPR course. Is there any other way to demonstrate and complete this
> requirement? Have any of you used just a regular doll or a flat
> diagram (large)? Or is there any other way to get access to an
> "Annie" doll that I haven't thought of?
It says "device approved by your counselor". If the counselor approves
of using a large doll, that's OK. Its not ideal, but nothing ever is
You may want to see if a friendly Nurse, Doctor, Fireman, EMT, etc. can
borrow an "annie" from his/her employer for your use.
> 2) The merit badge cards that the camp printed out to show what they
> worked on and what they needed to finish had a statement at the bottom
> "If this badge is a partial, it expires 6 months from the date above".
> Is this correct?!!!
NO! NO! NO! They only expiration date recognized by BSA is the Scout's
18th Birthday. It is so stated in the Advancement guidelines booklet.
> 3) Regarding the Fishing Merit Badge.... The SM, of course looks
> at the requirements and sees the part about two DIFFERENT fish and
> won't sign off.
There he is correct.
> My son claims that the Scouts that were signed off earlier in
> the week, had also caught nothing but Brim, but the SM won't budge.
The SM is correct, and the others were wrong. "2 wrongs don't make a
> He then reminded the SM about the bass he had caught (and cooked)
> when the troop went camping last August, but the SM stated correctly
> stated that since he had not requested to work on the Fishing badge
> back in August, it wouldn't count.
Here the SM is wrong. There is NOTHING that says that work done before
requesting permission to work with a Counselor on a MB can't be used, so
long as it was done after he JOINED Boy Scouts.
Would he ask your son to start a NEW Stamp or Coin Collection just to
work on the MB, or could he use an existing one?
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
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