scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Question on MB Blue Cards
John Tudor (jtudor@CALDWELL.CC.NC.US
Thu Mar 30 2000 - 07:22:21 CST
>>> Kenneth Spiegel <MVAEMT@AOL.COM> 03/29/00 02:03PM >>>
Can a SM permit him to earn lots of EXTRA (non required badges) and hold him
back on a required MB until he matures and shows the necessary responsibility
to be Eagle Material?
I don't know the answer to your specific question, but let me contribute this to the thread:
I teach the Communications MB for my troop, and foolishly opened the sessions up to any scout who wanted to attend. I had one group of multiple age boys, dominated by younger boys, who were totally unable to focus on the lessons I was teaching. After 4 or 5 meetings with this group, I finally threw in the towel, and told them that whenever they were able to focus on the material, they should let me know, and I would work with them. So far, none of those boys has asked me to help them finish the MB.
Six months later, I taught another session, and restricted it to scouts who were First Class, or over 13. I had great success with these boys, and they all finished the badge.
It is my opinion that there are some topics that "most" younger boys are just not ready to deal with, for any number of reasons. Those reasons can range from immaturity to interests changing to most anything else. It seems that a lot of those topics are included in the required MB's. The younger boys who are mature enough to focus on those kind of topics will already have achieved First Class rank, and maybe even Star by an early age, so they are the exception to the rule.
Just my own opinion, but it seems to work here, and I plan to continue restricting the Communications MB to FC or 13 and above. Not saying our scoutmaster would refuse to issue a blue card to a younger boy for that badge, just that I would not attempt to work with one.
QBSA' 97 & '01
ASM Troop 184 Morganton, NC
Computer Services Technician
Caldwell Community College
2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson NC 28638