scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Counselor Question
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Sat Mar 04 2000 - 15:43:26 CST
In a message dated 00-03-04 04:28:58 EST, Keith Hudy writes:
<< Can a merit badge counselor put an age requirement on boys
taking his merit badge?
Example: I am the MB counselor for Cit in the Nation.
Can I say that I will only offer this MB to boys that
have completed the sixth grade?
Technically, no. Once a boy is a Boy Scout, he is entitled to all the
advancement opportunities of any other Scout. Others on the list, however,
will no doubt be eager to point out instances where counselors and/or summer
camp programs make such age requirements for specific merit badges. I have
also found in most of those anecdotal instances that either the age
requirement was either a suggestion or merely a way to manage the number of
youth for a camp staff to properly handle. That thread does not really apply
to your question. The fact remains that you cannot add or subtract
requirements so arbitrarily.
What you can do is recommend. You can say: "It is my experience that younger
Scouts have difficulty with this merit badge. You may try it if you like, but
I would suggest that you would get more out of it and understand it better if
you tried it next year." That kind of statement allows the Scout to make a
better decision based on knowledge he did not have before. 99.99% of the
time, the Scout will choose to wait.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA