scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: merit badge lists
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Tue Jul 18 2000 - 20:37:56 CDT
At 09:09 PM 7/17/00 EDT, Alpvalsys@AOL.COM wrote:
> I've been on my district's list for two badges for three years and have
>never counseled anyone. In fact, before signing on for one of the badges, I
>talked to the one other counselor who'd been a counselor for many years and
>she said she's only been approached once and the boy never followed through
>(Theater is not a popular MB). You can ask the questions; it might give you
>some interesting statistics. But a better question is simply, "Do you want
>to continue to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor?" If the person replies in
>the affirmative, leave his/her name on the list.
I agree. When I call for our list I often get told "Well, no one's ever
called me..." and I say that I want to keep them on the list anyway.
My goal has always been to have counselors for as many badges as possible
in case a boy's interested in working on one of the less popular ones
because you never know what affect studying this stuff will have on his
future. Steven Spielberg is the one everyone talks about (that he made his
first film while working on Photography MB) but I'm sure there are lots of
ordinary men who got their first exposure to their life's work or hobby
through the MB program.
So keep them on the list, even if they've never been called. And try to
increase the badges covered.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark