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    • I don't think it subverts the MB any more than almost every single MB "camp" "day" etc does for other MBs.  Why is this one so sacred?  It's the only merit badge that can't be taught to a large group and it has additional requirements to be an MBC, like it's some sort of especially technical or dangerous topic.  I think the other three citizenship MBs are far more important than this one.  
    • My wife is the MB counselor in this scenario, and also the Advancement Chair. She brought it to my attention. Thanks for your input. I have a lot to think about.
    • The entire text of requirement 6.  Not giving permission to complete this requirement based on "due to beliefs"  is adults going into it having a preconceived notion and they would probably benefit from completing this MB themselves. To complete this a Scout could speak to another youth who is of a different religion or belief  has a physical disability that either limits their experiences or they have been able to do everything they want DESPITE the disability who is a different ethnicity there are so many possibilities that are NOT about what gender a person identifies as or sexual orientation or anything of that nature. 
    • It's slight wording like this that would make me hesitate to give permission.  Asserting a parent wants to be isolated is a biased and belittling view of the parents opinion.  ... I probably would give permission as my son would be boxed in.  I'd truly have contempt for the situation.  I'd reluctantly and grudgingly give permission.   People can have real differences of opinion while being well informed and connected to society.  I was in a discussion this last weekend.  I expressed an opinion that was based on what I've seen and read.  Instead of discussion and trying to work true the details, it was asserted I must be watching bad news sources.     That similarly subverts the MB and can teach bad lessons.  The scout knows the MB is looking for larger differences.  I'm not sure this would teach a good lesson.  BUT, it would get out of the dog house.   IMHO ... scouts has a purpose of teaching how government works.  Scouts should not get into controversial topics.  
    • Interesting that this comes up the majority of the time when a scout is approaching 18. My guess is the scout believes his parents gave him permission since there are other Eagle MBs (Cit in Comm, Cit in World, Family Life) (and probably others) that they gave him permission to do the requirement.  If this is a religious objection, did the parent have an issue with Personal Fitness?  You have to be careful not to get between a parent and yourself.  Calmly explain how this requirement can be met as armymutt  said. The Book answer is is the scout feels that he has met all the requirements for his next rank, he may have a BOR.   I'll offer to sit on it.   
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