Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Summer camp Merit Badges
Re: Summer camp Merit Badges
Paul S. Wolf
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:51:37 -0500
Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> There IS *one* person in the troop who can refuse to accept a
> completed and signed-off card, and that person is THE SCOUT HIMSELF. If he
> doesn't feel he earned the merit badge then he does not have to accept it.
> Thus, I have counseled SM's that they could have a discussion of standards
> with their Scouts, without accusing the Scout of anything, and then, in
> effect, offer the Scout the opportunity to withdraw the merit badge. Any
> Scout who claims to have earned the merit badge, gets it.
Its not just Summer Camp.
After Jambo '93, one of my Scouts returned with 15 MB cards, including
Hiking & Cycling, which he had "Earned" at the Jambo. I sat with him,
and did just as Bruce suggested. I told him to review all the
requirements for those badges in the Requirements Book over the upcoming
week, and return to me with those badges that he felt he really had
earned. I would accept his judgment. He returned all of them except
Hiking & Cycling, which he told me "Gee Mr. Wolf, after looking at the
requirements for those two, I don't understand how they could have told
me I qualified for the badges. I did do everything required for the
others. Thanks for pointing out the problems." He was a great Scout,
always active and eager to help out once you got him up in the morning
(which was a chore). The Scout turned 18 with 36 MB's (never got those
2). He finished his last 3 required badges the night before his 18th
birthday, and made Eagle "By the skin of his teeth".
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office - Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
Advancement Webmaster, US Scouting Service Project (www.usscouts.org)