scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Procedures -nonsense
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 15:48:14 CST
Well, our boys don't attend merit badge mills... er I mean fairs, so that's not
an issue with our troop. We've always held that the quality of the merit badge
counselor has a direct bearing on the quality of the education of the boys.
Often in the troop programs, the patrol hosting the program for the month will
incorporate a merit badge workshop or 2. We had one such month where several
of the boys were working on Citizenship in the Community. The regular
for this badge, known to be very thorough (the boys call it tough) was not
be available, so she told the boys to check the counselor list this time. When
I saw what my son and the others were not going to be required to do, I
to the regular counselor when she returned, and we reported the substitute
to the District Advancement Chair. He's no longer recognized as a merit
for that badge, the blue cards that were turned in were returned, and the
the badge or are still earning it.
This is why many Scoutmasters do assign merit badge counselors. This way
ensure the quality of their program by knowing the quality of the merit
It is perfectly acceptable according to BSA guidelines. As far as camps
there is always a leader at the camp, and he knows what's going on. Also,
offered at camp tend to be along the lines of leatherwork, where there's
not a lot of
short cutting that can be done.
Scout EXPO 2000 Co-Chair