Fibonacci wrote:I agree that camps should not give a Scout a signed off blue card when the requirements have not been completed. It has happened around here.
My usual procedure when this happens (I'm the Adv Chair): I sit down with the Scout and show him the actual requirements. I point out the one requirement in question (Camping MB 20 nights of camping when he's only camped with the troop 3 times, for example.) We have a conversation about whether or not he feels he really completed all them. If he has the MB patch on his sash, the other Scouts in the troop will believe that he has met all the same requirements that they did, and I ask him how he would feel if he knew he didn't do the work required. I let him know that BSA tells me he could be awarded the patch, but that I am willing to hold on to the blue card until he feels has actually completed ALL the requirements. He can sit down again with another counselor for that MB or he can just let me know (usually he wants an actual re-signing by another MB counselor.)
So far, all our Scouts are honorable and ask me to hold the Blue Card for them. Each boy has completed the work.
This, of course, does not address the issue of poorly taught requirements, just the issue of requirements not done.
biglou wrote:Ok, I hate to burst everyone's bubble here. .
Quailman wrote: One prereq was to "contact the local Audubon Society or library and get results of nearest Christmas Bird Count." I gave the website and which count was nearest their district. It's not something they can do very well while sitting in an outdoor pavilion.
biglou wrote:There is no such thing as pre-requisites! You gotta do them with another counselor to complete the badge otherwise you get a partial!
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