Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: 2 for 1: Re: Transfer authority, computerized MB Cards,
2 for 1: Re: Transfer authority, computerized MB Cards,
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 17:01:00 -0400
Jim Wellborn asked "Does a Scoutmaster (Cubmaster) have authority to
disallow a transfer if a Scout wants to leave a Troop and join another?
I cannot see how a Scoutmaster could PREVENT it! Assuming the
receiving troop has already said "Come on over", the boy can just
fill out a membership application and indicate "transfer" and pay the
$1.00 transfer fee. If the losing SM wants to withold the Scout's
advancement records, the Scout should still have the rank and MB
cards he received when he completed each rank; lacking that, the
receiving troop's advancement chair can verify the boy's awards
at the council service center.
I think the DE (or unit commissioner) ought to have a talk with the
SM; my experience is that some boys will not work well in one
environment and will thrive in another. My troop gained a boy
from a "competing" troop a couple of years back; his additude has
improved considerably from his former troop; otoh, we may be losing
another boy to the same troop that the first came from. We SMs
should have the attitude that we want "what works best for the boy"!
Bill McLeod said "I have always wanted to print the rank and merit
badge cards with the computer. I have yet to find the right size cards."
Bill, I have a MS Word document that prints three MB cards on a single
sheet of blue cardboard. It works with a "data document" to fill in
Scouts' name, addr, the MB, etc. You have to cut them apart. The only
downside is that most MB counselors expect the cards to tear apart at
perforations -- and these don't. (I've gotten some torn cards as a
result!) If you're interested, email me privately.
I don't have anything for the rank cards, however.
Chuck Batteau, SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA