Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Camping Merit Badge
Re: Camping Merit Badge
Paul S. Wolf
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:10:41 -0500
In response to the following:
> > camping while you were a Cub Scout counts,
Steve Hoar wrote:
> How can this be possible. I believe that the book says that you must
> have a signed merit badge application from your scoutmaster before you
> go to the counselor and start working on the MB.
You are correct, in that the Requirements Book does say:
Get a signed merit badge application from your Scoutmaster.
Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her
that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask
you to come and see him so he can explain what he expects and
start helping you meet the requirements.
HOWEVER, there is NOTHING there that says that prior work, WHILE A BOY
SCOUT, can not be counted. Note that the last sentence says:
The counselor may ask you to come and see him so he can
explain what he expects and start helping you meet the
It doesn't say that you MUST wait to start until after you meet with
him, only that he MAY ask you to come, and he MAY start helping you.
The key is in the second paragraph:
When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the
things required. Ask your counselor to help you learn the
things you need to know or do.
If a Scout has read the MB pamphlet and requirements, knows what is
expected, and has done the requirements, he can be certified for the
badge. The book says:
When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each
requirement, he or she will sign your application.
A boy that collects stamps or coins can use his existing collection to
meet requirements for those MB's. A 13 year old Scout, that has been
camping routinely with his troop since joining at age 10 1/2, need not
start to count camping nights after he first meets with his Camping MB
counselor. Camping MB is routinely completed at BSA summer camps, where
the Scout demonstrates the skills needed to the counselor, and submits a
note from his SM that he has met the camping time requirements.
> Do we let cub scouts start MBs?
No. As has been mentioned, by others, all work on a Merit Badge,
including the Camping days and nights for Camping Merit Badge, MUST be
done WHILE a registered Boy Scout, so CUB SCOUT camping does NOT count.
> I believe that you have to be a registered Boy Scout to
> start working on MBs and the book does say that any Boy Scout may
> start work on any MB at any time...doesn't say that any boy scout
> can start work on any MB while a cub scout.
Here you are quite right.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
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