scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Myth or Fact: MB Question
Mon Mar 27 2000 - 06:56:47 CST
John Marmet believes, "Attempts to enforce [a limit on the number of badges
for which one person may be a counselor] fall under the heading of adding
additional requirements to advancement and are specifically prohibited."
Whoa! The prohibition is against changing the requirements for a badge which
are placed on a badge-earner. The present discussion in no way impacts what
a youth must do or not do to earn a badge.
Councils do have the discretion to to place such a limit as a POSITION
requirement on the Merit Badge Counselor. But councils should also accept
the reality that exceptions are sometimes rational.
Councils also have the discretion to place limits on a Scoutmaster as to
which badges he/she may counsel or for whom he may serve as a counselor.
This is in effect a 'conflict-of-interest' concern. Camping, for example, is
a reasonable (that's my word, not BSA's) merit badge for a Scoutmaster to
counsel because it is an activity which is generally done under his/her
supervision. Genealogy, for example, would not (again my opinion) generally
be a merit badge a Scoutmaster would counsel unless this subject was his/her
vocation or avocation.
I will not go into whether limits are good or bad.
I'll leave it to others to figure out why I spoke of a potential conflict of
Pat Skelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>