scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Sewing merit badge
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Wed May 24 2000 - 07:17:42 CDT
Jim Fitzgerald writes:
>Yes there should be a sewing Merit badge for Eagle. I have had several
>scouts recommend it and during Eagle Boards of Review when we ask the
>candidates what Merit Badge they would add that has been one.
Lets back up a minute. I can see a sewing merit badge, but not for Eagle.
My vision of a sewing merit badge would include the use of a sewing
machine, and possibly such advance skills as replacement of tent zippers.
Better yet, a merit badge for "tailoring" akin to plumbing and auto
mechanics would be better yet. Those skills are beyond basic camping
skills and not necessary for every scout.
It would make more sense to include as a First Class skill sewing a patch
and a button on a shirt. Why would we give a merit badge for being able to
sew a button on? Next we will see a proposal to give a merit badge for
tying shoes. (Lets admit that skill is also lacking in half of our scouts.)
Just because the skill is not *required* does not mean that we can not
teach it. But just like if it was a merit badge, we need to teach first
aid for needle punctures first. :)
Roman J. Smith
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