Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Questions for New Boy Scout
Re: Questions for New Boy Scout
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 14:01:16 -0600
First Aid is the only one on the list that's "Eagle Required". I would
suggest he pick up whatever Eagle required badges he can, while at summer
camp. They are required for Eagle rank, and a certain number of them are
required for the Star or Life ranks that precede Eagle, as well. There's a
list in the Scout Manual.
In our troop, the Scouts seem to have no trouble accumulating enough of the
elective (non-Eagle required) merit badges. We encourage the Scouts to
pick up as many Eagle required merit badges at summer camp as they can.
These tend to be more difficult, and it's easier to get them done at camp
for lots of reasons.
- At camp they don't have as many distractions as at home.
- They've also got other Scouts in the troop working on the same badge to
ask questions of, and discuss things.
- They've got the counselors relatively close at hand.
So, I'd say take First Aid for sure, since that's Eagle required. After
that he should take whatever he thinks will be interesting and/or fun. From
what I have seen, his experience at summer camp will be critical to whether
he stays with Scouts or not.
From: Dee LaRock <Butterbuns@DOGG.COM>
To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU <SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU>
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 12:46 PM
Subject: Questions for New Boy Scout
>Well, it's my turn to be the new parent. My oldest son is bridging from
>II to Boy Scouts. He has a pamphlet about summer camp. (I know the value
>of camp.) He has to have his list of which five merit badges he wants to
>work on by Feb 15th. (This is when the first payment is due.) They have a
>nice first year camp program. So the list of badges is:
>Fish & Wildlife Management
>Soil & Water Conservation
>I don't want him to have all 'fun' badges, or all 'work' badges. But, as
>have yet to get the Scout handbook. I would appreciate knowing which of
>these will be required for advancement. If you would like to give me a
>of your recommendeds, I'd appreciate it.
>The list of things to bring:
>socks & underwear
>shoes (2 pr.)
>pen & paper
>flashlight (w/fresh batteries)
>toilet kit (toothbrush, towel, soap, etc.)
>So, I'd also like to know what else to bring for a boy who has never spent
>any night away from home. I can see that maybe...envelopes and stamps?
>They'll only be gone for a week. Should I send a card before he even
>leaves? I could sneak one into his pack.
>Scouting is like Love; the more you share, the more you have.