scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: MB Counselor Question
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Wed Feb 09 2000 - 22:44:14 CST
At 02:12 PM 2/9/00 -0600, you wrote:
> I would like everyone's .02 on this before I have the Troop drop this
>individual as a counselor (and yes, I have told said counselor that this is
>adding requirements, IMHO. Am I wrong?)
Yes and no (how's that for a definite answer).
>From the Counselor's point of view: a kid should be able to finish any MB
in less than a year; I can't think of too many valid reasons for not doing
so. And hanging on to the paperwork is extra work for someone who's
already volunteering his time. In our town most of the Counselors are not
otherwise involved in Scouting.
And he's not really adding a requirement. He's adding conditions on to his
involvement. I see it as similar to "I can't work with anyone during the
months of X, Y, & Z because of (seasonable job pressures, gone south for
the winter, etc.)" or "I'm only available certain days, times of day, etc.".
A Scout can start the MB with him and, if he can't finish it in a year,
there's nothing stopping him from taking a partial to another Counselor and
I guess I'd keep him on if he's otherwise a good Counselor and work with
the kids so they get the badge done within the year.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark