scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Completion Question
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG
Thu May 18 2000 - 10:38:45 CDT
Absolutely not; the scout does not have to start over. There is a good
reason you've not found anything in BSA literature about time limits to
complete merit badges--that's because there aren't any. In fact, somewhere
in BSA literature, I've seen an explicit statement to the effect that a
scout has until his 18th birthday to complete a merit badge. You might
check the BSA website.
Of course, if the scout works on a merit badge intermittently, or changes
counselors, the new counselor can and should check his work from his
earlier efforts, but this doesn't mean he has to do the work over.
Some council and district advancement committees put time limits in place
to encourage scouts to complete their MBs reasonably quickly. I've heard of
one district that even makes a scout go through some sort of "board of
review" before he can be awarded the badge.
Without commenting on the merits of either of these locally-applied
requirements to earn a merit badge, neither is in keeping with BSA policy
and any effort to enforce them would no doubt be overturned by BSA national
if the parent wanted to push the issue.
5 years a scoutmaster