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
Thu Jun 15 2000 - 10:51:03 CDT
> On 06/13/00, "Paul S. Wolf" <Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU> wrote:
> >Sarah, based on a letter Cal Gray has from John Dalrymple, and
> >discussions with John Dalrymple that Bruce cobern and I have both
> >had, the rule for merit badges is a Scout may complete the badge
> >using the requirements in effect when he started.
> <Sigh!> Ok, I stand corrected, but it still doesn't make sense to me.
> We don't do that with rank advancement; why should we do it with merit
Because of the clause that says "The only deadline for completion of
merit badges is the Scout's 18th Birthday"
> >"Started" however, is not as Craig effectively said, "they started
> >when they went on their first campout", but rather, "started" should
> >be taken to be when the Scout requested and received an Application
> >for Merit Badge (blue card) from his SM and contacted the assigned
> >Merit Badge Counselor.
> Is that to say that they can't count any nights of camping before the
> date of the SM's signature on that blue card? That nothing they did
> before calling the counselor can be counted?
NO. Work done while a Boy Scout before contacting the counselor can be
counted for any merit badge except where it specifically says "after
discussing with your counselor..." or similar instructions.
Even some things done BEFORE joining a Troop can count, such as a Stamp
or Coin Collection started years earlier, a family tree done as part of
a school project, etc.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org