scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Changing MB requirements (was: Re: Camping MB at Summer Camp)
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Mon Jun 12 2000 - 12:30:03 CDT
> On 06/11/00, "Paul S. Wolf" <paul.s.wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU> wrote:
> >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.
> Then under that idea, a Scout can still earn Personal Fitness merit
> badge under the old requirements even though the "grace period" is
> over. I'm quite certain that's not the case.
Actually, YES that is the case.
The rule for PF 1s that boys could use either set of requirements
between April 1, 1999 and April 1, 2000. That means that they could
START the badge through April 1, 2000, using the old requirements, or
START the badge using the New requirements, any time after April 1,
1999. In either case, they may continue to use the requirements they
began with until they finish or turn 18. THEY MAY NOT USE PARTS OF THE
OLD REQUIREMENTS AND PARTS OF THE NEW ONES, HOWEVER. that's one of the
main reasons I keep the OLD requirements on the USSSP web site
indefinitely. (And I have copies of all the Requirements Books back to
1982 as a back up)
As for "When does a boy START on a Merit Badge?" Mark Elias was correct
when he said in another message in this thread, A Scout "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."
I would only add that he also must be assigned a Merit Badge counselor,
and make the first effort to contact that counselor. A boy that gets a
signed "Blue card" and then never contacts a counselor, has not, IMNSHO,
started work on the merit badge.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org