scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Donald R Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU
Tue Mar 28 2000 - 13:14:36 CST
Some time ago I requested that anyone on this fine list could
provide a quote from ANY scouting publication that used
the words that some leaders are using in the context for
"assigning" a merit badge counselor.
No one has yet been able to provide any such documentation!
However, I still observe some on this last - claiming that
it is a function of the Scoutmaster to ASSIGN all merit badge
We also reviewed this subject at recent comissioners
meeting and as a topic at a previous Comissioners college.
The overall and final word was that NO - the SM does not,
and SHOULD NOT "assign" merit badge counselors!.
The wording from BSA - is that the SM will APPROVE the
counselor selected by the scout! In fact - that is
part of the design function of the merit badge program!
Currently serving scouting as a Unit Comissioner (trained)
Formerly on District Advancement Committee and Wood Badge staffer too