Re: Earning merit badges on the internet.
Michael Kauffmann (optimist@MERITBADGE.COM)
Sat, 15 Aug 1998 08:28:27 -0400
All merit badges can be "done" with the assistance of the
internet. The internet is a resource, not an activity. No
one is saying that a Scout can log on, review some materials,
then answer some questions and BOOM he has a merit badge.
The question being raised is can a Scout be guided by a
merit badge counselor he's never met in the flesh? Can a
counselor provide appropriate counsel via e-mail? All the
activities associated with the badge must still be completed
and many of these can't be done anywhere near a computer.
(Monitors make hard, lumpy pillows when camping on a desk.)
Daniel Brown wrote:
> I think the question is not can a scout do it but can it be done? Over the
> past 27 years I have counseled scouts on many merit badges an I cannot think
> of many of those that could be done over the internet as the requiremrnts
> stand. Of the badges that I have counseled, you could not do Camping,
> Cooking, Cycling, Canoeing, Backpacking, Whitewater, Coin Collecting, Stamp
> Collecting, Electricity, Signaling, Electronics, Radio, Wilderness Suvival,
> and Poineering. I will stiplate that computers can be done over the
> internet but I challenge any to figure out how to do the English gate test
> on a keyboard.
> Dan Brown
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