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Blue cards for EBOR?

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One of the problems I have been facing the past few years is summer camps have gotten away from Blue Cards and instead issue a computer printout of the MB records "signed" by the camp director.  Generally these records are woefully inaccurate.  Some of my boys attended all five days of the MB and got NOTHING checked off INCLUDING attendance in the class.  The boy's attendance and some of the accomplishments were collaborated by boys in the unit that did get credit.  For all I know some boy who DIDN'T show up for the MB got full credit in the mix-up.

 

Communicating with the camp afterwards was a waste of time.  They say they trust their counselors and they stand behind the records as is.

 

I started the process of sending the boys off to their MB classes, but the counselors would not acknowledge them and instead relied on the camp's record keeping system.

 

These are the kinds of issues that are coming down the road as more and more camps start different processes than the BSA authorized records of Blue Cards.  As more technology creeps into the world, these are the kinds of things that are going to make getting Eagle a greater challenge at no fault of the boys.

 

Technically speaking, if a Council Camp is using something other than "Blue Cards," and most I have seen are, then those forms must be approved by National. If they are not, then they are worth less than the paper they are written on. That is why we transfer all Camp Paperwork to blue cards and have a counselor go over it with the Scout. If the MB counslor is satisfied, they will sign-off. If not a larger discussion is had.

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One of the problems we have in our council and the troop I was serving at the time, the boys took MB's that aren't taught back in the council.  Finding counselors for partials was hard enough, finding counselors for obscure MB's is impossible.

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One of the problems we have in our council and the troop I was serving at the time, the boys took MB's that aren't taught back in the council.  Finding counselors for partials was hard enough, finding counselors for obscure MB's is impossible.

 

I can see that, particularly in a small council or remote district in larger councils. Ours is a decent mid-sized council and we still struggle with some MB's. Which is one reason we alternate between our council camp and near by council camps of larger councils.

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