scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: 1 year limit on MB counselling
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Fri Feb 11 1972 - 10:59:01 CST
On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, Anthony Hitchings wrote:
> If the counsellor pulled this trick after accepting the scout, and the
> scout was part way thru, the counsellor needs to be put on notice to be
> fair, and grant an extension, provided the scout has just cause. If the
> scout's case for an extension is weak, the scout gets start over with
> another counsellor.
And now, our chiefest enemy: the Catch-22.
OK, let's take my cousin, who, once-in-the-long-ago, was an Army-brat and a
Scout. He starts --oh, say Personal Fitness? -- at Ft. Hood under PVT
Enterprise as MBC. Two months into it, Enterprise gets transferred to Ft
Jackson and Lt. Wood takes over the Scouts who had been working with
And, Lt. Wood exercises his perogative to refuse Enterprise's partials,
so the boys start over, but three of 'em have birthdays which raise the
standard they need to meet *this* time. Just as they do, Dad is
transferred to Ft Wainwright, where Capt. Hook takes the partials but
says, Look, I've got my orders already, so Gen. Confusion is handling
these from now on, you can see him next month. Gen. Confusion comes in
the next month, says, well, I know Wood, and I'd rather see these
chin-ups myself; and before Scout-brat can finish the thing, Gen.
Confusion decides to retire in -- say? 6 months. Does Scout-brat slough
off hoping to get a better deal at Ft Gumbo-dust, or does he buckle down
and FINISH in 5 months?
(And I exaggerate only slightly).
Note that each MBC acted within his perogative, none were unreasonable,
none added requirements, it was simply a series of wierd circumstances
that resulted in a boy spending nearly 2 years on one badge and finally
having to finish it under a deadline. [One thing it did, it taught my
cousin to find out who was due to rotate OUT before signing up for an MB!]