scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Myth or Fact: MB Question
Sun Mar 26 2000 - 13:43:01 CST
My friend, there is no cap on the number of MBs a counselor may counsel. The
Advancement Guidelines (revised 1998) page 10 (top left hand corner of the
page) says specifically:
"There is no restriction or limit on the number of merit badges an individual
may be approved to counsel for.
There is no limit on the number of merit badges a Scout may earn from one
An approved merit badge counselor may counsel any Scout, including his or her
own son, ward, or relative."
Your friend attempts to impose limits because he thinks it a good idea.
National does not agree. Attempts to enforce this sort of thing fall under
the heading of adding additional requirements to advancement and are
specifically prohibited. However the concept of putting limits is a hard one
to eradicate. I once went toe to toe with the Assistant Scout Executive in
my Council on this very issue and made him back down. He wanted to institute
a rule like this because one boy was counseled by his father for 12 badges on
his Eagle application and it was felt this was bad. National rules however,
permit not only the number of badges but the fact of a father counseling his
son. It may be in poor taste but it is legal.
By the way, I counsel 10 badges, not because I have nothing to do, but
because no one else counsels 6 of them in my district.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL