Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: family life project suggestions wanted
Re: family life project suggestions wanted
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 16:41:58 -0500
Bob Cutting asked:
>i have a partial on my family life mb because my sm disallowed my >project(
i planned a y2k garden and storage). he says i need a project >with a
planning stage, middle and completion. are there any scouters out >there
with suggestions. what have you done or seen done for projects?
I'm STILL confused with your questions, Bob, but I'm willing to see if I can
provide good answers for you.
The Family Life Merit Badge requirements, in part, calls for:
4.With the approval of your parent/guardians and your merit badge
counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around
the house that would benefit the family. Submit a report to your merit
badge counselor outlining how the project benefited the family.
5.Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your
family. After carrying out the project, discuss the following with your
merit badge counselor:
a.The objective or goal of the project.
b.How individual members of your family participated
c.The results of the project
(by the way, an online copy of the requirements can be found on the US
Scouting Service Project's website at the following address:
My confusion centers around these questions:
*which requirement are you referring to? Both requirements call for you to
carry out the project...not just to "plan it" but to DO it. One project
calls for you to do a personal project to benefit your family around the
house. The other project calls for you AND YOUR FAMILY to do a project
*I'm just curious, but where does your Scoutmaster fit in with this? Is he
the counsellor for this merit badge in your Troop?
*and most importantly, where does the "start, middle and end" fit in with
either of those two requirements?
As Paul Wolf, Bruce Coburn and even I've stated, the requirements are as
stated in the book. We as adults nor you as a Scout can add to, take away,
or modify those requirements in any way. There's no provision for "well, we
can't do this because the family won't do it...so let's do that
instead"...this is what makes this merit badge hard for a lot of Scouts to
earn: getting the cooperation and assistance from your siblings and your
parents to meet the requirements.
So, if he's asking you to merely EXPLAIN what you would do, won't work here,
Bob. You need to actually DO the project and then, explain what you did and
how your family reacted to doing it.
The other part of your question is relatively easier to answer. Start off
by asking yourself "What things around the house can I do to help my
family?" You may choose to, for example, provide babysitting services for
your family, or design, cook and serve a full-course meal for your family,
or build as you've stated, a small Y2K garden. Whatever you choose to do,
you need to not only plan it but DO it.
In the other half of the requirement, you may want to develop a new "theme
night" for your family, or rearrange the storage area or develop a play area
in the backyard. This will require you to talk with and develop the plan
with your entire family, solicit their advice, and create the plan.
Again, Bob, you will have to DO the plan...
Hope that all of this helps you out...and please explain a little more about
what your Scoutmaster is talking about!
Thanks for asking!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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