scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Family Life Merit Badge
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Tue Jun 20 2000 - 10:18:03 CDT
Sarah Nunez wrote:
> I need some input from those of you who counsel the Family Life Merit
> Badge. Requirement #3 says:
> "Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five)
> and do them for ninety days. Keep a record of how often you do each
> of them."
> Note that the requirement specifies that they DO the chores for ninety
> days, not merely keep a record for ninety days. How do YOU count the
> days? Some possibilities that come to mind:
> 1. If they did their chores that day, it counts toward the ninety
> days. If they didn't do them that day, it doesn't count. They keep
> going until they've accumulated ninety (non-consecutive) days of
> actually doing their chores.
That is clearly beyond the intent.
> 2. The ninety days are consecutive calendar days.
Yes, this is the intent.
> Under this scenario, it seems to me they should have to have actually
> DONE the chores a certain percentage of the time (not merely do them
> once or twice in ninety days and keep a record of that).
Not really. It's an exercise to get them to learn.
> What percentage would you use? 75%? 80%? 90%? Negotiate with each
> Scout what percentage is reasonable for him?
You can't apply ANY fixed percentage. That would be adding to the
requirement, which doesn't have a fixed percentage listed,
intentionally. You can, discuss with the Scout that he didn't seem to
do the chores he was supposed to very often, and urge him to do it more,
but if, indeed, he only did something a couple of times, that isn't
automatically grounds for turning him down on that item. My suggestion
would be to meet with him and get a "Status Report" after 30 days, and
again a month later. That's when the discussion should take place,
while there's time for improvement.
> I would say that expecting 100% would be a bit much. If they don't
> make the required percentage, do you have them start over? Or can
> they keep going (with improvement) until they hit the required
Neither. (See above)
> 3. Allow the Scout to choose between the two above methods.
No. Not necessary or appropriate.
> Any other methods to suggest? What about chores that need to be done
> only once or twice a week, such as mowing the lawn or taking the trash
> to the curb? Where do those fit in? Or do you count only daily
> chores in the five required?
It's his choice to list "regular home duties" The list could very
easily be something like this:
1. Carry out the trash every Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday after dinner.
2. Mow the lawn once a week
3. Make my bed every day.
4. Set the dinner table every day
5. Move the trash to the curb every Monday evening.
After 90 days (13 weeks), he may have done them as follows:
1. 30 times (missed 9 times) 77%
2. 10 times (missed 3) 77%
3. 75 times (missed 15) 83%
4. 40 times (missed 50) 44%
5. 13 times (no misses) 100%
Has he met the requirement? YES.
Is there room for improvement? YES.
Is there something to discuss with the counselor? YES.
For example, "I notice you set the table less than half the time. Why"
"I was usually doing homework while Mom made dinner, and Mom set the
table so I could continue working on my homework and dinner wouldn't be
delayed." "What about the lawn?" My brother did it the other 3 times."
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA