scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Procedures - A Parent/SM Dilemma
Mon Mar 13 2000 - 13:04:19 CST
Peter Murphy wrote:
> 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 sequence?
> Should I tell him it's O.K. to accept already completed work if the Scout
> can produce fitness 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 written requirements for all Scouts and to make sure they
> are doing things according to the proper procedure.
The simple answer can be summed up in four (4) words:
NO MORE, NO LESS. (capitals for emphasis - not shouting)
A Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) that adheres to BSA's policies must require that
the Scout pass all requirements as written, without adding or subtracting
anything from said requirements. If the requirements for a specific badge say
"Talk to you counselor before" doing something, then the counselor can and
should require the Scout to repeat any work done before contacting the MBC. By
treating each Scout according to the same set of rules (the merit badge
requirements AS WRITTEN), then all Scouts are held to the same, consistant set
This is sometimes a hard lesson to learn, but failure is sometimes a stronger
motivating force than success. Good luck.
District Advancement Committee
Detroit Area Council