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WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Ensuring Follow-Through
Do you want to get your boys to complete their merit badge
requirements after summer camp is over? Here’s how.
Often, at summer
2 Send the Scout back to
camp, boys begin
camp next summer with his
badges but return
partials and schedule a time
home with partial
slot to complete the badge(s).
We’re not going to do it
completions. What
for him, but we will enable a
can I do to make sure
Scout to finish up any accu-
these Scouts complete
mulated partials. Most of the
the requirements?
time this works fine, and in a
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year or two the merit badge is
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PARENTS CAN HELP complete.
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Talk to the parents, and Scoutmaster B.T.
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explain what the Scout needs
HYATTSVILLE, MD. N
to do to complete the badge. WORK NOT WASTED
If the parents understand Earning a merit badge
what is needed and why, the exposes Scouts to many dif- simply was afraid to climb. propriate for an adult leader
Scout is much more likely to ferent subject areas. It might I don’t think he will ever to attempt to override a Scout
complete the badge. even lead to a new hobby or complete the badge. However, on such a matter.
Advancement Chairman D.K. profession. I don’t see this as a wasted OA chapter vice-chief M.M.
SUFFIELD, OHIO
The possibility exists, effort. He learned some skills
KIRKLAND, WASH.
ENABLE THE SCOUT however, that after exposure and gained some knowledge
WRITE IT UP
We do two things for Scouts to the topic the Scout simply from the classes anyway.
I’ve created a notebook in
who return from summer decides he is not interested I think all we can do is
which I log each Scout’s
camp with partial merit in putting forth the effort to make sure Scouts have the
name, merit badge, coun-
badge completions: complete the merit badge. resources to complete the
selor’s name, date started, and
1 Pair him up with a troop I have one Scout who took badge. Then we have to
date finished. I periodically
merit badge counselor to climbing at camp but did accept their decision to finish
review the notebook, and
finish the requirements. not complete the badge. He it or not.
when I have Scoutmaster’s
Scoutmaster D.W.
conferences, I make a point
ARKVILLE, N.Y.
NEXT QUESTION
to check the notebook for
LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE
incompletes. This provides
DEALING WITH TROOP ELECTION RESULTS
If a Scout is “made” to
me with an at-a-glance
complete requirements,
We recently had our troop leadership elections, and the
resource for charting the
that defeats the purpose of
Scout’s progress.
Scouts elected a senior patrol leader who is inexperienced,
earning a merit badge. If a
Scoutmaster B.M.
uncommitted, and has no real sense of responsibility. I am
Scout tries something new
GLENS FALLS, N.Y.
worried about the direction of the troop, but I want to and then decides to go in a
SET A SPECIFIC TIME
respect the boys’ choice. What do I do?
different direction, there is no
Our troop meets at the public
Scoutmaster D.M. point in having him return
library twice a month to work
FORT MYERS, FLA.
to something he is no longer
on merit badge requirements.
WE WANT YOUR SOLUTIONS! Send your answer to What Would You Do? Scouting interested in. If he wishes to
This gives Scouts a set time to
magazine, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. Responses will appear in Scouting’s next issue. We
complete a merit badge, he
also solicit new questions and pay $50 for each one used in this column. Submit responses or a new
get things done together.
question electronically, or view selected responses from past columns, at scoutingmagazine.org.
will do so. If not, that is his
Advancement Chairman S.V.
decision. It would be inap- GREENFIELD, IND.
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