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BSA Urban Myths--Busted!

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Since the parent thread was taking a side line to talk about some of scoutings myths, let's discuss them further here, and maybe even the consequences of acting on those beliefs.

 

When I came into the troop, we had an advancement coordinator who believed that MB partials were only good for a year. Every year, when the troop went to summer camp, she threw away the previous year's partials. We have many scouts who almost finished a few Eagle required badges (Personal Fitness, Environmental Science and others), but with no record of any completed requirements, these scouts must now start over on these badges. I wish I could figure out a way around that.

 

What other myths have you heard or debunked?

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BSA does not allow sheath knives. (False, BSA strongly reccomends against "oversized" fixed blade knives as they have limited use, but they come in handy for their specific uses.)

 

SM/ASM are automatically, because of position, allowed to sign off the Camping/Hiking/... Merit Badges. (False, ALL MBC's must be approved by Council.)

 

Troops may maintain their own MBC list and do not have to have the MBC registered with Council so loong as they are registered with the Troop. (False, ALL MBC's must be registered and approved by Council.)

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MBCs are checked against approved lists by council when merit badge advancement forms are submitted by units. (false)

Note: there is no place on the advancement form to designate the MBC.

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On the new forms (in our Council at least) there is a spot for the MBC name on the Advancement forms. As to whether anyone check them against a list is uncertain.

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"BSA is not a religous organization. (false) "

 

Actually, its true. The BSA is NOT a religious organization.

 

Yes, we require members to have a religious belief (just as Masons require a belief in God). But that doesn't make us a 'religious organization'. 'religious organizations' push/promote a PARTICULAR religious belief. The BSA does not.

 

 

 

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Being a Scout leader will only take one hour per week. (while true during some weeks, on average it is false ... very false)

 

Scouts must use THE "blue card" to get credit for completion of a merit badge. (false - though the process calls for a "Merit Badge Application", troops can use other versions of the application)

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