scouts-l Mail Archive for September of 2000: Re: Merit Badge Counselors
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Thu Sep 07 2000 - 14:38:48 CDT
Michael Kauffmann wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> As usual, Paul makes some excellent and accurate points.
> However, a couple of other thoughts also come into play.
> First (from ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES):
> As a practical approach to providing merit badge
> counselors, troop and team committees may establish
> their own lists of counselors, if necessary, at least
> for the required and more popular merit badges.
HOWEVER, As Mike pointed out later in his message, They STILL must be
approved by the District/Council Advancement Committee, and will still
be registered as Code 42, even if they only work with one troop.
They also MUST fill out a standard Adult Registration Application, No.
28-501 (even if they are already registered in another position) AND a
BSA Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (No. 33405).
> If the merit
> badge counselor is recruited by the troop, he must go through
> the normal troop level approval procedure. Why? The same
> reason all adults must go through this process. Youth
> Protection. Whoever recruits the merit badge counselor is
> responsible for checking them out and signing off on them.
I'm not sure if that's true. However, it can't hurt to have the extra
approvals. Better to err on the side of caution.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org