scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Robert Haar (rhaar@HOME.COM
Tue Mar 28 2000 - 18:59:25 CST
> From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU]On
> 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
Don, I remember seeing several responses to this challenge, so I
did a quick look. In the current edition of The Boy Scout Handbook,
page 187, in a section titled WORKING ON MERIT BADGES, it has this
"Obtain from your Scoutmaster a signed merit badge application and
the name of a counselor for that merit badge."
The in the Boy Scouts Requirements Y2K, page 22, in Introduction to
Merit Badges, it says under Pick a Subject
"Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from the list of
and then later
"Get a signed merit badge application from your Scoutmaster. Get in
touch with the merit badge counselor"
Then on the merit badge application (a.k.a. blue card) the section
that is signed by the Scoutmaster has fields for the scout's name,
unit, the merit badge name and the counselor's name.
While none of this uses the word 'assign', I think that is the meaning.
ASM, BSA T188, Rochester Hills, MI