scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: merit badge clinics
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@ATT.NET
Fri Nov 05 1999 - 10:15:48 CST
Bob and Rusty Taylor wrote:
> he suggested that some boys may "be too shy" to go make
> contact with an adult they do not already know.
> I was so taken back, I had no response. in retrospect, that is probably
> good. it gives me a chance to run home and ask the list for wisdom before I
> put my foot in my mouth:)
> what would be your response to this statement?
I think the other leader was probably right on the money. Some boys (and
girls) are too shy to make contact with an adult they do not know. They
just will not do the merit badge if they have to contact someone they do
not know. It is part of our responsibilities as leaders to Understand
the Characteristics and Needs of the Group and Its Members, that is, to
know our Scouts well enough to foresee potential roadblocks on the trail
and to find ways to help them overcome these obstacles.
For this particular obstacle you might offer to go with the Scout to
introduce him to the merit badge counselor and get their relationship
started. Of course, you must make it clear that you will not be with the
Scout at all times he needs to meet with the counselor. After the Scout
has completed one or two merit badges with you introducing him to a
counselor you might then try to have the Scout make the contact by
himself. Keep checking with him to see if he has made the contact and is
progressing on the badge. You may want to keep the Scout's parents or
guardians informed about what you are trying to accomplish throughout
Hope this helps.
Len Christiansen mailto:email@example.com
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL Spanish Trail District Commissioner
Gihim - One Who Encourages