scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Merit Badge Procedures - A Parent/SM Dilemma
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM
Mon Mar 13 2000 - 12:50:07 CST
Am I being too rigid in my interpretation of merit badge procedures?
My son has a couple of merit badges he wants to finish in the next couple of
I've asked him a couple of times if he has yet contacted the counselors that
on his merit badge blue card. I've explained that he's required to contact
BEFORE he begin working on the merit badge. One of the badge is Personal
The requirements are very specific about conducting the fitness test BEFORE
a multi-week fitness program and having the plan approved BEFORE carrying it
My son seems to think that keeping a log of the workouts he's done for
and track is all he needs to do and in the end he'll take it the counselor
and ask him to
sign off on his badge.
The counselor is a degreed and professional physical therapist and personal
also a personal friend of mine. However, he's real new to being a merit
and has asked for my guidance now that he's working with the first couple of
that I have sent his way. I want to advise my friend on the correct way to
be a counselor
for this badge. Should I advise the counselor to adhere to the written
I tell him it's O.K. to accept already completed work if the Scout can
test results from gym class?
On one hand, I do not want to set higher standards for my son than I do for
the other Scouts
in my troop. I can solve this by asking the counselor to adhere to the
for all Scouts and to make sure they are doing things according to the
But I have greater visibility to what my son is doing or not doing than I
have with the other
Scouts in my troop.
Peter Murphy, Scoutmaster, Troop 125