Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: MB counselor registration question
Re: MB counselor registration question
Tue, 15 Jun 1999 22:39:15 -0400
> Thanks to all of you who responded to my original post. I've gotten
> quite a few responses on this and figured I'd compile the replies now
> for everyone's edification.
> 1. Anyone wishing to register as a merit badge counselor must either =
> a previously registered adult in the BSA, or must fill out and turn in=
> the adult registration form.
You missed one point - even if the proposed MBC is already registered, t=
should re-register, this time as part of the district/council using code=
This way the district/council advancement committee can track the MBC's =
re-register them yearly. This also insures that the counselor stays regi=
with the BSA should they drop their other position with the troop / dist=
> The local council has decided to impose the YPT requirement on MBC's.
> IMNSHO this is not a bad idea, but is probably impractical when you ar=
> talking about getting the local teacher who is willing to handle music=
> scholarship, or reading mb to sign up. Maybe if we had a take home
> faststart type of YPT that could be viewed on video at home this would=
> work, but I can't see the local school teacher coming out to a two or
> three hour training session for this.
> Does anyone out there have any other suggestions on how to accomplish
> this admittedly worthy goal of getting all MBC's trained in YPT???
The Advancement Committee Policy and Procedures book states that the cou=
district advancement committee approves and trains MBCs. The MBC Orienta=
syllabus includes a topic on the Buddy System. The training states that =
the Buddy System is mandatory. When I train counselors, I tell them that=
(parent, friend, other family member, or another scout) is REQUIRED to b=
present and that they should/must not conduct a counseling session if th=
does not have a buddy. =20
Maybe you can convince your council that MBC Orientation includes enough=
counselors that function in Scouts as MBCs ONLY. This way a single train=
session can cover both training needs - MBC procedures & YP. =20
Another option might be for the council/district to sponsor a "Scouter T=
Evening". Our district is planning to offer two (2) time slots where a S=
can choose from any of three (3) sessions - Youth Protection, Health & S=
or MBC Orientation. All sessions are run during both time slots. We are =
run this program twice a year. Council is also running an series of Adva=
topics / training sessions on a Saturday. We run the MBC Orientation sev=
times that day.
The bottom line is if you have someone willing to give of their time as =
while they need to understand their role and how they fit into the Scout=
program, they don't need hours and hours of training. (My opinion, not p=
We need to encourage more adult participation, not scare them off with e=
amount of training, etc.
ASM Troop 399
District Advancement Committee
Detroit Area Council