kwildman wrote:I havent been through the new scout book thoroughly yet. I was working with a new scout patrol that just crossed over and I could not find the section that discusses Merit Badges. Has this been omitted or has the wording changed in the new scout book?
Billiken wrote:Am I correct that wording the BSA Handbook states (approximately):
"Select a merit badge counselor approved by your scoutmaster."
If I (as SM) don't know the counselor, can I say, "Sorry, pick someone else"?
(Even if the Counselor is on a council-created list.)
clockadial wrote:I am new to the forum, but a long time scouter with a question. I am aware of BSA policy regarding the fact that when a MB counselor signs off that a scout has completed a badge then it is a done deal the badge is completed and cannot be denied to the scout. However, I do not want to take away or deny any badge to any scout or even slow them down, but I do want to be sure that the scout has the opportunity to experience all that was intended when he signed up to take the badge. If for example during a group type MB presentation for Citizenship in the Nation a DVD is shown that gives a tour of the US Capitol and that is counted as completing requirement 2b. Have the scouts in that situation been cheated? This situation is only to make you think. My real question is: "What is done in your council to insure that all persons that sign up to be a Merit Badge counselor are qualified to do so and understand the MB process of the BSA? And if they are only filling out an application and having a background check done, shouldn't individual units have a way of approving or disapproving counselors known to not be following the requirements as they are written?
WeeWillie wrote:When the word gets out that MBCs who do follow the rules are reported AND removed; future instances drop.
Fraudulent submission of a blue card when the Scout actively participates is contrary to "A Scout" is Trustworthy" and could be a cause for non-approval for advancement at the next BOR.
deweylure wrote:YES SM ,SHOULD GIVE A SIGNED BLUE CARD .
ASSIGN WHICH MB COUNSELOR NO . gIVE A LIST OF APPROVED COUNSELORS YES .
i HAD ONE SM CALL ME BECAUSE HE LOST THE BLUE CARD AND OF COURSE IT WAS 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE 18 TH BIRTHDAY FOR EAGLE WHEN THE SM REALIZED THE SCOUT WAS ONE MB SHY . I FOUND OUT THE SM HAD CALLED OTHERS ASKING THE SAME QUESTION DID THIS SCOUT PASS THE MB . THE SM ALL ALONG INSISTED HE HAD ASSIGNED A COUNSELOR AND THE SCOUT SAID NO . LONG STORY SHORT i PULLED MY FILE AND REMEMBERED THE SCOUT .
iF I FOUND A SM SLOWING A SCOUT DOWN I WOULD REPORT IT MYSELF ,IN YEARS PAST THE TROOP MY SON WAS IN THE SM HAD A RULE THAT NO ONE WHO WAS NOT A jUNIOR OR SENIOR IN H.S. COULD NOT MAKE EAGLE . hE'S GONE AND THE TROOP IS MUCH BETTER OFF
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