scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: MB Myth
Colin Mc. (colinm@RUST.NET
Sat Apr 01 2000 - 14:16:16 CST
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From: "Tom Kennedy" <TKENNEDY@PRODIGY.NET>
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2000 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: MB Myth
> Advancement Committee, Policies and Procedures
> 1999 printing
> Page 10 " There is no restriction or limit on the number of merit
> individual may be approved to counsel for.
> There is no limit on the number of merit badges a Scout may earn
> one counselor."
Not meant as a flame just potentially clearer communications and
understanding. When stating absolutes such as the above and using the
BSA publication as the source, let's be sure to use the entire
On page 4 it states that "No council, district, unit, or individual has
the authority to add to or subtract from the advancement requirements."
Many Scouters have used this as the reasoning behind many statements in
the advancement area. When you re-read the BSA policy you will find
nothing stating that a council cannot change procedures in the
advancement process. Shade of gray--absolutely.
But think about it for a minute. Can an extremely large council adhere
to the same procedures as a smaller one. In a number of areas the answer
is no. So have council procedures been put in place? In many cases,
yes. Are these known throughout other councils? The answer is no.
For example, one of the most changed is in the 3rd, 4th and 5th step of
the 12 steps to Eagle. Larger councils would be inundated with Eagle
Applications and many have modified this to have them processed at the
My suggestion is when referring to procedures in the advancement area,
preface with "in my council". or "as I understand." When it comes to
changes in advancement requirements the response is NO CHANGES except at
the BSA National level.
Colin M. McConnell email@example.com
District Advancement Chair, Northridge District, Detroit Area Council
Scoutmaster Emeritus T-1707