Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: MB's in the troop
MB's in the troop
Sun, 13 Jun 1999 15:34:21 -0600
I have been watching the thread about whether or not to
teach Merit Badges in the Troop meetings. When I came into
Troop 30, Pueblo, CO, the Scoutmaster told us new parents:
we will teach four or five merit badges a year in the
troop. Your son should go to summer camp where he will have
the chance to earn two or three merit badges, these Merit
Badges are not taught in the troop, because they are outdoor
oriented. So, with two summer camps, five merit badges a
year in the troop, by the end of the third year, you son
will be ready to start his Eagle Project. We strive to get
the boys to Eagle in three years, while he is in Middle
School, because once he hits high school, he discovers
sports, cars and girls.
It worked for my son. When I became the Scoutmaster, I
tried to continue the "tradition." During the annual troop
planning session, the PLC and adult leadership plan out the
year to include which Merit Badges to teach. BTW, we teach
mostly Eagle required MB's in the troop. The three
Citizenship MB's are taught on a rotating basis each year.
If you are going to teach the swimming MB, you might as well
teach the Lifesaving MB and the First Aid MB. They all are
linked together. The rotation of MB's is on a three year
plan, so now the PLC asks which series is it this yearend
usually the more senior scouts can tell them which MB's are
due up this year.
Scout skills and scout craft are taught the first half
of the meeting and MB's are taught the second half.
Registered MB counselors are used either from troop adults,
or are recruited to come in and talk.
Individual study of MB's is encouraged also. This
includes music, pets, bicycling or whatever their interest
is. Yes, we do have a few scouts who are approaching 17 and
still have several of the Eagle required MB's to earn. These
are the boys who don't attend regularly, or never finish
their studies and ask for helpt o finish.
I have given up the troop to one of my fine SA's and
backed out completely this past year, to let him establish
his "style" of leadership. I went to an Eagle COH the other
night and three boys asked how they could contact me to
finish this or that MB I had started them on in the troop.
I have read nothing in the "policies" of BSA about
teaching MB's in the troop, they did not discuss it in Wood
Badge, nor at the District Committee Meetings. I consider
teaching MB's in the troop meetings part of "delivering the
program" to the boys.