scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Changing MB requirements (was: Re: Camping MB at Summer Camp)
Mon Jun 12 2000 - 09:17:53 CDT
> > On Sat, 10 Jun 2000, Craig Oakford wrote:
> > > No real problem. Once a boy starts working on a badge, the
> > > requirements in effect at that time may be used until completion of
> > > the badge. Since Camping MB needs 20 nights of camping, the boys
> > > started working on the MB with the earlier set of requirements.
> > > The way I understand it, no harm, no foul.
Paul Wolf responded:
> I've never found it either, in so many words. However, I've always
> taken the following statement, from Advancement Committee Policies and
> Procedures (#33088C) Page 32:
> "There is NO deadline for completion of merit badges other than
> age 18."
> to mean that once a Scout starts working on a merit badge, he may
> continue working on it using the requirements he started with, until he
> completes it, or turns 18, whichever comes first.
> Maybe someone at Philmont this week, at the Advancement Course, can get
> a clear read on that issue. If anyone at the Philmont Training Center
> is reading this message, perhaps you could relay the question to that
> session (Stu Estrade is one attendee that I know is there for that
As long as we are getting clarification - Craig's statement also made me think -
When does a boy truly start to earn a merit badge? Based on the first statement
made, he "started" to earn Camping Merit badge when he had that first night of
camping, whether he knew it or not. In my mind, the boy starts to work on the
badge when he asks the SM for a merit badge app and should be using the
requirements in place at that time. He can, however, count any activity
performed as a Boy Scout (and selected actions before Boy Scouting) towards the
requirements of the MB.
Thus, according to my thoughts, two boys from the same troop, who bridged into
Scouting at the same time could be working from different sets of requirments
based upon when each one went to the SM and said "I want to work on suach&such
What say the list? (and is your position supported by BSA policy, written or
quoted from a reliable BSA source).
District Advancement Committee
Detroit Area Council