scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Purchasing Rank and Merit badges
Mark Adkins (madkins007@HOME.COM
Sun Jun 18 2000 - 23:41:26 CDT
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From: "Kirk and Nena Barley" <kirk-and-nena-barley@EROLS.COM>
> I recently visited a Scout Shop that let me buy 100 packs of advancement
> badge cards, but made me fill out an advancement form for every merit
> badge or rank badge that I purchased. If it was a replacement I had to
> indicate it on the form.
> Sounds like a lack of belief in the Law and missing what is important.
> If I have dishonest intent, I can get the patches anywhere. It is the
> cards that back them up that are truly important.
> Kirk Barley
Huh? The cards are more important and you can get the patches anywhere? That
does not square with my experiences. The patches are simply not available
anywhere except at authorized shops, and not all Scout retailers are
approved to carry the rank insignia.
The cards have almost no meaning in the current structure, which is
reinforced by the ease they can be obtained, and the speed the average Scout
looses them. You do not need the card to purchase replacement rank, although
you do have to fill out an Advancement Form, indicating why you need the
replacement material. The exception to this is some restricted items, like
Eagle knots, that you need a card to prove you truly deserve.
Naturally, different leaders and units have different experiences and
expectations- if you are teaching your unit that the card is more important,
then of course, they will treat it so. The reality is that we need to
remember and reinforce that the card and the patch simply recognize the real
achievements- and THAT is what is important!