scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Myth or Fact: MB Question
Robert Haar (rhaar@HOME.COM
Sun Mar 26 2000 - 12:01:04 CST
> From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU]On
> Behalf Of J Wilson
> I have heard that there is a limit on the number of merit badges an
> individual counselor can counsel with a scout. I have heard the
> number "6"
> thrown around, but no one can give me a good reference.
There is no such limit placed by National. However, some districts do limit
how many merit badges an counselor can be registered for. The council and
district have some discretion in interpreting what it means to be qualified
to counsel MBs.
> I have a unit advancement chair who believes this limit as fact
> and I would
> like to see it in writing somewhere before I buy it.
We, on Scouts-L, have thoroughly discussed the topic of merit badge
choices several times. The bottom line is that the unit's leader
or delegate) has the power to assign or approve merit badge counselors
the scout begins working with t he counselor. The SM can apply any
thought process in making this decisions. We like to have scouts work with
a number of different counselors, so we discourage too many with the same
counselor. We also try to get some counselors outside our troop family and
to have scouts do merit badges with their parents only as a last resort.
If your SM has delegated this authority to the advancement chair and they
choose to limit how many badges a scout can do with the same counselor, that
is their prerogative. I wouldn't set up a fixed limit myself, but that is my
personal opinion. You have to do what works in your situation.
I suggest that you discuss this with the Scoutmaster and Advancement Chair
together. You might want to talk with your Unit Commissioner and someone
from the district advancement committee as well.
ASM, BSA T188, Rochester Hills, MI