scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Procedures - A Parent/SM Dilemma
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 06:59:56 CST
Thanks for your comments.
Some of the advice I received on this subject questions why a
counselor was assigned for the Scout. The contention is that Scouts
select their own counselor. That's not what I remember being taught.
So I looked it up.
In the current Scoutmaster Handbook, Chapter 10 Advancement under
Merit Badges, p. 123, the steps include:
1. The Scout obtains from his Scoutmaster a signed merit badge application
and the name of a qualified counselor for the merit badge.
The current Advancement Procedures manual defers to the current
The Boy Scout Requirements y2k, Introduction to Merit Badges, p. 22
under Pick a Subject states
Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of
I see this along the same responsibility that Scoutmasters have to
maintain a list of authorized people to sign off on rank requirements.
It's the Scoutmaster's main means of quality control.
One of the things a Scout is suppose to learn from the merit badge
program is that life lesson of calling a stranger and make an appointment
to conduct business. If the Scout selects counselors that they already
know it's just not the same thing.
>From what I've been taught in the training I've attended and from the
wording in the current requirements book, it appears clear to me that
a Scoutmaster is expected to select an appropriate counselor. The
Scoutmaster can use his or her knowledge of the quality of the counselors
and their personal expertise to steer boys to the best resource. I may
have several counselors to choose from for any given merit badge but
I might know that under normal circumstances, one of those counselors
will give the Scout a better experience than the others.
Peter Murphy, Scoutmaster, Troop 125