scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Merit Badge Counselors
Michael A. Poretsky (MPoretsky@AOL.COM
Mon Mar 27 2000 - 09:15:25 CST
A few years ago, I researched and put together a booklet on Merit Badge counseling procedures for Breukelen District, Brooklyn, New York. The booklet brought together information on MB procedures from several sources and was checked for accuracy and conformity to National policy by the Scout Exec. It was also passed around among a number of experienced Scouters for comment.
We turned out a pretty good document, which I will forward to anyone who requests it. It is in MSWord97 format. I would appreciate any comments (off list again) so that we can improve the booklet.
One of the procedures we implemented is a formal application procedure for Merit Badge counselors. This includes an application on which the prospective counselor can indicate what is level of expertise is for the Merit Badge(s) he or she wishes to counsel (Education, Job Related, Serious Hobbyist). Only after the advancement committee through the "Dean of Merit Badges" has approved the counselor, may the individual legally counsel a badge.
My research indicated that it is a National Policy which may NOT be overridden at Council or District level that:
A. there is no limit to the number of Merit Badges an individual may be certified to counsel, provided the person is indeed qualified.
B. A parent may counsel his or her own son on as many Merit Badges as the parent has been certified to counsel.
We do *recommend* that no Scout be counseled on more that five Merit Badges by any single counselor.
Please Email me off list if you want copies of the manual and Merit Badge counselor application form. The imput from the members of this list will be greatly appreciated.
Yours in Scouting,