scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Need for Merit Badge books????
Mon Apr 24 2000 - 07:29:24 CDT
Why is it necessary to have the latest merit badge book? The book does
not do the work or decide whether the requirements are met or more work
is required. The book is a resourse. Many of the books contain
execellant material and are useful in completeing the requirements but
the requirements can be completed without an up-to-date bookelet for the
specific merit badge. I have never seen the requirement that the scout
purchase of even have access to an up-to-date book for the merit badge
he wants to work on. If a person is qualified as a merit badge counselor
one would likely assume that they are able to interpet the written
requirements and work with the scout without having a book that details
the steps for the scout. I have found that if the scout needs to do
some personal research they tend to develop a better understanding of
the badge. I will agree that the book makes it easier for everyone, but
is that what we really want or need to do? If the scout and counselor
have an UP-TO-DATE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS there should not be a problem
with the scout completeing the merit badge.
I am sorry if someone is offended but I have spent many years working
with low income scouts and sometimes the money for the NEW or even the
old merit badge book is not there. Helping a scout attain their goal is
more important than selling books for the BSA!
The local councils and/or local suppliers need to dispose of their stock
of books at the local level as national will not take returns or
outdated materials. Since the cost of these books is born directly by
the local council or local supplier and they are in business (and need
to make a profit to stay there), should our frustrations be born out at
them or with their suppliers who sold them the outdated books?
Ventuing Crew Advisor ,Crew 110, and MC for Cub Scout Pack 310 (Now)
SA, SM, CC, and MC for BSA Troop 110 (Then)
Fountain City, WI
I used to be an Eagle and a good old Eagle too.