scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Myth or Fact: MB Question
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM
Mon Mar 27 2000 - 07:50:49 CST
> If a person does 10-12 merit badges he or she must be a very highly
> person to be adept in so many fields. We should be looking for counselors
> are knowledgable in their fields that can correctly answer difficult
> Scout may pose.
Actually, any reasonably educated person could probably judge a Scouts'
on just about any merit badge. HOWEVER, I much prefer to see a Scout work
someone who has a particular expertise or interest in the merit badge
the counselor's enthusiasm can add better depth and appreciation for the
There's one fellow in my troop who volunteered to counsel ALL merit badges
filled out the form my district uses to explain for each individual merit
why he feels he's qualified to counsel that merit badge. While I admire his
enthusiasm and dedication to wanting to do whatever needs to be done to help
I feel uncomfortable in saying he's qualified to counsel EVERY merit badge.
feel uncomfortable looking a volunteer in the eye and refusing their offer
As SM I get to feel uncomfortable a lot of times :-) Mainly its because even
I don't think I make more mistakes than other people, mine get more notice.
While I set no limit, as SM I do try to use a general feeling of helping
to work with a variety of counselors. I may have a favorite counselor for a
badge but if a Scout has recently earned a few badges from that same
I may recommend someone else just for some variety.
I've never given any thought about should I counsel my own sons. Most of the
badges that I counsel are also covered by others in my troop and so I lean
volunteers because just being SM keeps me pretty busy. However, when it
Orienteering merit badge, I wouldn't assign anyone else but myself - even
own sons - because I know I'm the best qualified around for that one.
I strongly believe that using "any appropriate thought process" and feelings
is what us volunteers get "paid" to do. As long as it's within the framework
we should do what feels right and what our personal judgment tells us is the
right thing to do.
There was a situation in my district a few years back where a dad approached
district advancement chairman to schedule Eagle BoR for his two sons. The
had been the sole merit badge counselor for the 50 some merit badge that the
sons had earned between them. And even though my town had a dozen troops,
dad had conducted his sons' Scouting program as a Lone Scout program. As far
as I know
the district turned down his request for the BoR.