scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Choices on Merit Badges
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Sat Jul 01 2000 - 14:18:09 CDT
I just found out my grandson had a great week at summer camp with his Troop.
He moved up from Webelos last January and is turning 12 this summer. But I
was surprised that he completed 2 MBs and got partials on 2 others. That's a
lot of MBs for his first summer camp. And one of the ones he completed is
My own son's who are both Eagles now were in a very traditional Troop. The
SM had several rules for Scouts going to summer camp and the choice of MBs,
among which were Scouts who had not reached First Class focused on this at
camp (either through the camps First Class Emphasis program if they offered
one or with in the Troops campsite working with the SM and the SAs towrds the
rank) New boys like this were allowed to take 2 MBs, swimming and a craft
related one the logic being that swimming was a good part of the Troops
summer activities and the Scout needed to be a good swimmer. A Scout going
to summer camp the second year could take Lifesaving (another important one)
and 2 other craft related MBs. It wasn't until the 3rd year and being First
Class or higher that the Scout could proceed with some of the required Eagle
MBs or other areas of interest. A scout in our Troop was not elegible to
take First Aid until this period, although it was typically taught by the
SA's in the Troop at another time of the year and not taken at summer camp.
Is a 12 year old capable of really benifiting from the First Aid MB at this
point or do we do them a sisservice by letting them take an advanced thinking
level MB like this? I feel that First Aid is one of those Scout skills that
we really hope will stick with them later into life.
OK, all you SM's how do you feel about this? What do you do? Should the
Scout decide or the SM?
Chris in Houston