scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: merit badge clinics
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Mon Nov 08 1999 - 14:07:52 CST
Bob Taylor <brtaylor@TELEBYTE.NET> wrote:
>we have already talked at some length about how the merit badge program can
>help a young man learn to work with adults whom he may not already know.
>in talking about this topic with a leader from another unit, we were pretty
>well together until 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 have several approaches to this situation you may want to try.
The first is to refer him to a troop parent as a merit badge counselor,
if we have one who can counsel that merit badge. That way, the Scout
may not know the counselor but he/she is not a complete stranger.
The second is to try to pair him up with another Scout so that the two
of them visit the counselor together.
Another way to break the ice we are using right now is to have the
patrol select a merit badge and the Patrol Leader makes the call to
invite the counselor to troop or patrol meetings.
You should also make sure that the Scout and the parent know that a
counselor may never be one-on-one with a Scout. If he cannot meet with
another Scout along, the parent must sit in on the session.
Alan R. Houser ** email@example.com
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
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