scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Procedures - A Parent/SM Dilemma
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 11:01:32 CST
Bob Lazell wrote:
>Sorry Pete, but I have to disagree. The quote from the Handbook
>says nothing about ASSIGNING the merit badge counselor. It
>says only that the SM can supply a name.
Here's what the Requirements y2k book says on page 22:
"Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list
Note that it doesn't say that the SM will give the scout a list
of counselors, but a single name.
It's pretty clear that BSA intends for the SM to maintain overall
control of the selection of a counselor. Now there is nothing in
the rules that says that he can't let the scout pick from several
(or from all that's approved for a badge, for that matter) if he
desires. That's what we do for the most part in our troop. It
is clear, however, that the SM has "veto power" over the
selection of a counselor *BEFORE THE FACT* (very important).
>Meanwhile, their buddy in the troop across town goes to the >"easy guy"
and gets the same badge.
I don't really think that you are advocating letting scout A
not meet the requirements because scout B didn't and still got
the badge. IMHO the SM should do both things: not allow his
scouts to go to that particular counselor, and notify the
district advancement chair of the problem.
What would you do in the situation where dad showed up on the
list as a counselor for 6 of the eagle required badges, and
mom showed up on the list for the other 6? Would you allow
the scout to go to his family members for all 12 eagle
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.31
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
Committee Member, Troop 313 - Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
Quartermaster, Jambo2001 Committee
I used to be an Owl