Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: summer camp merit badges
Re: summer camp merit badges
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:36:46 +0000
Regina <Rpoulton@RHNET.ORG> asked:
>What is the policy on signing off badges that were started, not
>finished, at summer camp?
They are called "partials", Regina. Officially, the policy is that
there's no time period (other than the age one) for completing a
merit badge. What happens a lot of times is that during summer
camp, the Scout may only get two or three (or eight) of the full
requirements done. They are given the blue card (or a slip of
paper, depending on camp and their own internal procedure) to take
home to find a merit badge counsellor to complete the work.
Only thing, boys being boys, they'll wait literally until the last
possible minute until they realize "oh yeah...I've got these cards
here and I can finish off these merit badges!!"
By that time, most counsellors believe, the skills they learned to
complete the merit badge is gone or eroded to a point whereby they
might as well start over again to complete the requirements. While
officially the work stays until the Scout turns 18, it's very
unrealistic to expect a Scout to wait four years between the time
he started work on Nature and the time he finishes doing the
reports and the outdoor surveys!!
This is why many Scoutmasters will keep the cards and do the
*reminding* to the Scouts to continue to movitave them toward
completing those "partials" as soon as possible after summer camp
is over. Some Scoutmasters (*rasing left hand high*) will go out
and FIND counsellors for the merit badges and BRING THEM INTO THE
TROOP MEETING HOUSE to allow those Scouts one less excuse why they
should wait until next spring to finish up Weather or Cooking or
Nature!! Other Scoutmasters will match Scouts up with counsellors
after Troop meeting times to get them to at least THINK about
finishing up those merit badges!
I never finished up the Metalwork merit badge even though I started
it TWO TIMES at camp!! I still have the partial card here at the
house in my "merit badge card box"!!
So, have your Scoutmaster to start collecting those cards, or they
will never get completed....and your Scouts would have wasted part
of their summer camp experience!
(c) 1998 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") email@example.com
http://mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3085
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