Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Camping Merit Badge
Re: Camping Merit Badge
Bruce E. Cobern
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 09:53:36 -0500
> From: CHUCK BRAMLET <chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU>
> Date: Wednesday, February 03, 1999 3:53 PM
> This might be a minor quibble, but if a boy uses a week of Scout
> where he has slept in a tent that was pitched early in the summer and
> stayed up the entire summer, how can that be considered a tent that
> the Scout has pitched?
> I agree that it should count, I just think that the reqs are a bit
I don't think it is a minor quibble, and I don't think it should count.
The requirements require that ALL of the twenty nights be either under
the stars or in tents the Scout has pitched, so, unless he either
pitches the tent in summer camp OR takes it down and repitches it, I do
not believe that those nights should be able to count.
However, I am also aware that many, if not most, camping merit badge
counselors count those nights, and, ultimately, in each case, it is the
counselor who makes the decision, but I believe the requirement should
be met exactly as stated and that any summer camp nights in tents that
were already pitched when the Scout arrives CANNOT and SHOULD NOT
I also know that this debate goes on periodically over on
rec.scouting.usa (if not also here) and that many people (including at
least one member of the professional staff) believe that the
parenthetical phrase allowing the use of one week of summer camp
modifies the "pitched yourself" requirement. They argue that since
virtually all summer camp tenting is in tents already pitched that is
the only thing that the phrase could mean. I contend that the phrase
is there as a limiting factor such that ONLY one week of summer camp
can count, but that it still must be in a self-pitched tent.
Bruce E. Cobern