scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Sewing merit badge
William Sheehan, Jr. (w.sheehan.jr@POSTOFFICE.WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Fri May 26 2000 - 09:11:23 CDT
Seems simple enough that it should be considered for an additional
requirement "to be able to demonstrate use of a simple needle and thread for
tenderfoot." Not sure who one lobbies for this, though. I'm not sure but I
think this was covered in my bear book in the early sixties. I think it
actually listed the proper procedure to follow when washing dishes too.
Date: Wed, 24 May 1972 09:28:13 -0400
From: Cheryl Singhal <csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG>
Subject: Re: Sewing merit badge
On Wed, 24 May 2000, Roman J. Smith wrote:
> 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.
> 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.
Ehhh. maybe, maybenot.
Cooking and sewing are survival skills. You may never sleep in the woods
or hike further than the nearest bus-stop, but you WILL eat every day of
your life, and at least 12 times a year need to sew on a button, or tack
up ripped seam, or rehem your suit pants. Everyone, male, female, or
neuter, should know how to fix a quick meal (balance optional) and sew a
button on his jammies. Knowing how to fix that meal on a can of Sterno,
a gas range and an electric stove could be useful too (slightly different
techniques, for those who haven't used all three.