scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Summer Camp Merit Badges
Dave Loomis (dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM
Fri Jun 30 2000 - 10:25:43 CDT
This whole thing came to a head a few years ago. Scouters were
complaining of badges merely passed off, and no accountability, so the
Advancement Committee stepped in.
First, we vet every "counselor", both those who teach and those
sign blue cards before camp starts. This isn't foolproof because for
what we pay, we can't expect a young man to remain faithful to his
committment for the entire summer, and other things happen; but it is a
Second, no one under 18 signs off ANY blue card. The young
can indicate attendance on the blue card or its substitute, and can also
indicate completion of the various requirements, but the actual signing
off is done by an adult, usually the area head - waterfront mbs are
signed off by the waterfront director if he hasn't hired any "adults"
this year. It does make a bit more work for him, but it insures some
quality assurance, and someone to get back with, should things go awry.
Additionally, every blue card or suitable substitute has the
stamp on it. The scout can't come up with a blue card signed by
like ashrt7254s, whom he claims was his counselor, and expect to be
the badge, unless the application has the camp rubber stamp as well. It
ain't perfect, but it does hold down a lot of problems.
Likewise, if a scouter sees something really wrong being
glaring omissions in presentations, he can go to the camp program
right then and get satisfaction. If he sits 'round the campsite
drinking coffee and bug juice all week, he won't see these things, but
then he has no room to complain about the way his scouts were treated or
how they did at camp either.
Most units expect that the individual scouts will work on SOME
advancement in addition to haveing fun. We try to accomplish the
waterfront, first aid, camping, cooking, hiking, and pioneering merit
badges at camp as all the ingredients are there to help the boy earn
these badges. We know that the boy can also earn rifle and shotgun,
basketry, leatherwork, and a few more of the fun badges, but recognise
that they are better off earning the required badges first, especially
if they are only going to the one week of camp.
We also have two weeks of Eagle Trail, where every required
presented, usually the first and last weeks of camp. This also allows
the older boys working on staff time to squeeze in one or two required
badges as needed.
It isn't perfect, but we do try.
"Gross, David C" wrote:
> Dave --
> Thanks for the ideas.
> I'd still like to know what you'd do in the situation (in addition to
> contacting the CAC later) with your boys.
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