scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Merit Badges - ANOTHER angle
Jim Miller Sr. (jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG
Tue Feb 29 2000 - 13:09:39 CST
Being from a highly urbanized area, we have a slightly different angle
on this. The ability of our boys to get around on their own is severely
limited these days by parental fears. Furthermore, most of our kids
come from "two income" families, and it is frequently hard for even the
most supportive parents to drive the kids around for extra activities.
Because of these factors, we find that it is not realistic to expect the
kids to get out to many MB counselors.
We don't teach MB classes in the meeting, however. Instead, we hold MB
counseling sessions occasionally after the meeting. Since we meet early
(6:00 PM) we can have a group of boys - either large or small - stay
around and meet with a counselor for an hour or so without creating a
problem. In other words, instead of sending them to the counselor, we
arrange to bring the counselor to them. This seems to be a workable
compromise, since only those boys who show the initiative to stay and
participate in the sessions ever earn the badge. Of course, they are
required to complete the requirements between sessions on their own.
We have taken the same approach with the religious awards program with a
modicum of success.
Just another solution designed to meet particular circumstances.
Jim Miller, Sr.
Northern New Jersey Council