scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Merit Badge Completion w/in a Specific/Reasonable/Arbitrary/Made Up Time Frame
Scott Culver (Ascwatch@AOL.COM
Thu May 18 2000 - 14:14:25 CDT
Tom, et al
It was my understanding that Scouting is a grow at your own pace, hope you
finish before you're an adult, because you just may need this stuff, kinda
I have recently read as many BSA publications I could get my hands on, (and
stay married) and have yet to find anything relating to time frames for the
completion of merit badges.
Should the Scout have asked for a partial when he realized he was too busy or
unable to complete the work within in a reasonable amount of time? Probably.
Unfortunately, I've seen parents not exhibit this level of responsibility.
Should someone explain this concept to the Scout? Absolutely. Should he be
punished for not recognizing his limitations? absolutely not, in my opinion.
I don't want wake up the no more no less folks, (who I happen to agree with)
but this one seems right up their alley.
Now for a curve ball, how are people dealing with revised requirements for
merit badges with the understanding that there are no time requirements for
completing a merit badge?
Camping merit badge requirements changed as of April 1, 2000. My son
received a partial at summer camp and for various reasons would not have been
able to complete the 20 night requirement prior to April 1.
The best answers I could get regarding changes, were exact opposites. One
answer was any requirement(s) not listed on the partial, would need to be
completed. The second answer was only the remaining requirement (20 nights)
needed to be fulfilled. In order to avoid the controversy I kicked him out
of the house and threw a tent at him in March. What's the answer? I don't
know. Glass half full or half empty?
I pose this question with the intent of gaining an understanding of how
others are dealing with this, not to fan the flames.
T1792 Sunderland, MD