scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Family Life Merit Badge
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Mon Mar 13 2000 - 00:33:17 CST
<Sarah Nunez wrote>
This evening I was looking through the requirements for the Family Life
merit badge, which mention two projects to benefit the family. One is to be
done by the Scout and the other planned by the Scout and carried
out with the help of his family. A couple of questions that the
requirements don't address:
1. What sorts of projects are typical, i.e. what is the intended scope?
The two projects have very different purposes. The first project (the one
carried out by the Scout) is supposed to be something done by the Scout that
benefits the family. Examples would be cleaning out a garage that is full of
junk, painting a room in the house, building a fence, organizing an attic,
conducting a safety inspection of the home (and fixing the problems noted).
The project doesn't have to be huge, it just has to be meaningful, although
I don't think decorating the house for the holidays would be a good project
(except in certain circumstances).
The second project is supposed to be planned by the Scout and carried out by
the whole family. Examples include planning a family reunion, vacation, or
weekend trip; planning the family's participation in a community event
(church function, etc.); or even just a simple family fun night. It's not
intended to be a service project, just an activity for the family.
I recommend taking a look at the merit badge pamphlet. There are several
good suggestions in it.
2. Can two or more Scouts from the same family work together on the same
project, or must the project, like an Eagle project, be an individual
This really depends on the counselor, I guess. We have several Scouts
working on Family Life right now, and at least one set of brothers are
working together (what a suprise!) to complete the projects and family
council. I've talked to several FL counselors about this, and most of them
will accept brothers working together on the requirements and others have
their own ideas. One of the counselors I talked to confessed that she didn't
even follow the requirements (apparently all you have to do is be a member
of a family and do your chores for 90 days!).
AJ Mako, Scoutmaster, Troop 381 http://www.scouts381.org/
Great Trail Council, Old Portage District