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  1. fred johnson

    Walking out on merit badges

    The postings from Wisconsin Momma reminded me of a rule that I accidentally established with my sons and that I'm glad exists now. BACKGROUND: My sons signed up for a Saturday MB program. The two badges they signed up for "could" be interesting if done well. A morning MB. Then pizza. Then an afternoon MB. The guy teaching the morning MB had zero expertise in the topic. Nothing special. He was a college kid who signed up because they needed a warm body as the counselor. He had PowerPoint slides walking the requirements with bulleted text that looked pretty much right from the handbook. It was painful to watch. My sons wanted to leave half way through around an hour in. I told them to sit through it. At lunch time, we learned the same situation was going to happen for the second badge. ... we left. When I attend seminars, I often walk out of the room and change to a different session if the session I choose is lame or not useful. I told this to my boss and he was 100% okay with it. His comments were that if I'm not getting something out of it, it's a waste. Go switch and see if there is something else I can draw value from. NEW RULE: If my sons are having a bad experience, I'm okay with their leaving. If it's so-so, I ask them to stick it out as a good habit. But if it's just painful, I'm okay with leaving. I don't want them to waste their time. They just don't need any single MB that bad. For Eagle badges, they can always find another counselor or session. What do you think?
  2. My son recently signed up for the Cooking merit badge which is being offered with a group in my son's troop. I received an email from the organizer who told me it was only for First Class scouts and up and it would be "too hard" for him because it is Eagle required. My son is almost done with his Scout rank and has not had any merit badge opportunities yet. I read the requirements and didn't think they sounded too hard, especially since the troop expects him to do more difficult things on his own during campouts. Is this reasonable? Or is the organizer just trying to weed out the younger ones for his own convenience? I can't find anywhere that it says you have to be First Class to work on that badge.
  3. From Bryan Wendell's blog... Download and read this pdf. It is the Cooking requirements as of 1 January. Of note, from the blog:
  4. John-in-KC

    MB Counselor Resource

    Found this in a forum on Linked In. It's Dec 2014, but the key point is: - Training can be done entirely online for MBCs. Hope it helps some of you out in the hinterlands. BSA Merit Badge Counselors Compass from the filestore at Scouting.org Counselors Compass BSA 512-937_Dec2014.pdf
  5. For your reading and finding Counselors pleasure... http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/blog/new-animation-badge-draws-on-scouts-interest-in-animation It has not (as of this moment) made the Merit Badge Catalog page on scouting.org Per USScouts.org, the EARN START date has not been announced. EDIT TO ADD: REQUIREMENTS HERE: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/05/19/animation-merit-badge-requirements-released/
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