wagionvigil wrote:I have never said a scout could not rappel it is aproved But I do not think a young scout should take climbing MB. Most Sm would never say no to a kid because of parent involvement. When A parent calls me and say there is no age restriction for any mb. I have to agree there is not. SO My happ medium is no Partials. KW Devils Advocate here now.Son is mature big for his age. He wants to drive a car Now. WHat is the difference?
The problem Is Belaying not climbing or rappelling for me wanting an age for climbing mb
I have P.O.'d my share of parents so that is not an issue. Trust me i would be very concerned if the climbing MBC was not evaluating the potential of each participant.
i understand about the belaying but there still inst a requirement of 14 and there anything special about the 14 age in terms of maturity? G2SS says scout and does not specify "older scout". Would I have a 12 year working as a belayer for an all day activity - no. would i let him meet the requirmente of the MB - possibly after observing how he does on the rest of the merit badge. diid he follow directions on climbing and rapelling? how was he behaved when i was working with other kids? How well did he do demonstrating the necessary skills and understanding for the other components of the MB? Plus i would have an experienced person right next to him making sure that he is focused on the climber and ready.
WV - Yes i would teach my son to drive a car. I would let him drive on the friends farm or private property. That is how i learned. I worked on a friends farm at 13 and would drive a beater f150 learned how to pull a trailers and grain wagons. I used to have to do the "shuffle" to be able to get clutch all the way to floor to shift and could barely see over the dash. Would i let my son drive on the road in town? No - against the rules there is a legal age limit.
If there are enough climbing MBCs that are concerned about the age limits shouldn't they go through the BSA system and get the requirements changed? I would have no problem w/ a MBC telling me that my son was not ready for an activity based on safety concerns. I just feel that they should be given a chance to be evaluated based on their abilities first.
No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way. - Lord Baden-Powell