scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: district/council merit badge rules-2
Mon Nov 08 1999 - 09:59:44 CST
In a message dated 11/8/1999 9:49:41 AM CST, brtaylor@TELEBYTE.NET writes:
> a definition for qualified? my understanding is that any properly
> registered adult may counsel any Scout for any badge? who makes the
> decision to let the individual do a particular badge?
The National Advancement Guidelines publication makes clear that MB
counselors must be qualified, by reason of personal interest (pursued as in a
hobby), education, or work (profession) to teach the badge and that the
Council Advancement committee is the board which will sit in judgment on
those qualifications (though some councils delegate this authority to others-
say the District Commissioner, but even here it is the Council Advancement
committee that has the ultimate authority).
And a MB counselor is not merely a "properly registered Scouter" but rather a
person registered as a MB counselor, a separate registration not included
within, for example the registration of Scoutmaster. These are very
important distinctions because there has been the threat (locally and
nationally) that Eagle applications will be reviewed to determine if all
merit badges earned were earned with properly registered MB counselors.
Frankly I cannot imagine how this could be done, but it has been suggested
that it will be.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
ASM Glenview IL
NEIC Executive Board