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Title: Merit Badge Counseling Instruction


1
  • Merit Badge Counseling Instruction
  • Presenter
  • Joe Larkin (jlarkin_at_cfl.rr.com)
  • Council Advancement Chair
  • David Apfelbaum (baum_at_osceola.org)


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Objectives
  • Know your role as a Merit Badge counselor
  • Know the importance of the buddy system
  • Know the purpose of the Merit Badge program
  • Know the Merit Badge process
  • Learn some of the more effective methods of
    coaching and counseling


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Course References
  • Boy Scout Requirements 2004 BSA Publication No.
    33215
  • Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee
    Guide (33088C).
  • Pamphlet, Merit Badge Counseling
  • Application for Merit Badge (Blue Card)
  • Boy Scout Handbook, Eleventh Edition


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor
  • Interest in Scouting
  • Subject matter proficient
  • Adult application for Scouting
  • Background check done by District Advancement
    Chairman (DAC)
  • No dues required
  • Automatic renewal yearly


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor (continued)
  • Familiarize yourself with Scouting regulations
  • How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse A
    Parents Guide - Boy Scout Handbook
  • Guide to Safe Scouting
  • Familiarize yourself intimately with the
    requirements of the Merit Badge
  • It is your responsibility to remain abreast of
    requirements changes of your Merit Badge
  • A Scout CANNOT be penalized if outdated
    requirements and/or materials are used by you!!!


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor (continued)
  • A counselor is a Central Florida Council resource
  • You may get calls from a Scout anywhere in
    Central Florida Council
  • Know alternative counselors that may be more
    geographically advantageous for the Scout


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Roles of a Counselor
  • A Coach
  • Advisor
  • A Counselor
  • Performance evaluator


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Buddy System
  • Must be strictly adhered to!!!
  • Buddy can be
  • Fellow Scout
  • Parent or Guardian
  • Brother or Sister
  • Relative or Friend
  • THIS PROTECTS YOU AND THE SCOUT!!!


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Why The Merit Badge System?
  • Encourages self-confidence
  • Demonstrates to the Scout options as to career
    paths
  • Develops self-discipline and adherence to
    schedules and requirements
  • Develops physical and mental skills
  • Develops hobbies which may be carried on through
    to adulthood


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Merit Badge Process


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • How The Process Begins
  • Scout obtains a signed Application for Merit
    Badge (blue card) from his Scoutmaster
  • Scout obtains name of appropriate Merit Badge
    counselor (available from District and Council
    Advancement Committee)
  • Scout calls counselor to set up initial meeting
  • Scout (AND BUDDY) meet counselor who coaches
    Scout as to requirements


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Initial Meeting
  • Counselor should evaluate the Scouts
  • Preparedness
  • Knowledge
  • Interest
  • Agreement reached on
  • Scouts understanding of requirements
  • Projects required
  • Short term and long term goals with completion
    dates discussed (realistic goals must be
    discussed)
  • Dates and times for future sessions


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Continuing Merit Badge Process
  • In line with the schedule
  • Meetings as required are convened with the Scout
    and his buddy
  • Skills transfer is continual
  • Practice on skills


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Continuing Merit Badge Process
  • Skills testing
  • Meetings as required are attended with the Scout
    and his buddy
  • The buddy must be present during any testing
    however the Scout is tested on INDIVIDUAL ability
  • Requirements must merely be met by the Scout, not
    exceeded
  • Wording of requirements is precise
  • Scout may be encouraged to do more but they are
    not required to exceed the requirements


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Continuing Merit Badge Process
  • Skills testing
  • As the requirement is completed it is noted on
    the blue card
  • When all requirements are completed, the blue
    card is signed by the counselor
  • The counselor retains his portion of the blue
    card
  • Return the rest of the blue card to the Scout
  • Advise the Scout as to the importance of the blue
    card


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • The Continuing Merit Badge Process
  • The importance of the blue card
  • It an official completion record recognized by
    BSA National and Council PRIOR to recording and
    presentation of the Merit badge card.
  • It is the FINAL arbiter of dispute if all other
    records are missing including loss of the merit
    badge card.
  • It should be retained by the scout along with
    presented merit badge card for history purposes.
  • Counselors should keep their copy in a safe
    place, should a a boy lose his blue card or merit
    badge card and need proof of completion.


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Effective Counseling


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Counseling Techniques
  • Set a relaxing and inviting atmosphere
  • Put the Scout at ease during the initial meeting
  • Remember that younger Scouts (especially) will
    normally feel intimidated
  • You are more than likely a stranger to the Scout
  • Ask open ended questions
  • How did you get interested in Coin Collecting?
  • What have you particularly enjoyed about
    Scouting?
  • Show the Scout something related to the
    particular Merit Badge, I.e., a coin collection


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Counseling Techniques
  • Set a relaxing and inviting atmosphere
  • Ask the Scout to do a simple skill related to the
    subject


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Paperwork Section
  • This section deals more with Advancement
    responsibilities
  • If your interest is in Merit Badge Counseling
    only, you may leave at this time


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Partial Merit Badge Completion
  • Only two documents can serve as proof of partial
    completion
  • The blue card
  • A partial completion sheet issued by a Boy Scout
    summer camp (such as La-No-Che) signed by the MB
    summer camp counselor
  • A Scout CANNOT be re-tested on items proven as
    complete in the approved documentation
  • There is NO time limit for completion of a Merit
    Badge other than a Scouts 18th birthday


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Partial Merit Badge Completion
  • New requirements (if the particular MB program
    has changed) must be met by the Scout
  • Deleted Merit Badges are no longer attainable as
    of the day the Merit Badge is retired


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • 2005 Merit Badge Changes
  • Requirements changes for 27 Merit Badges.
  • Some changes are corrections to typos.
  • Some had new pamphlets issued in mid-2004.
  • Some had actually changed in mid-2003, but the
    changed requirements had been omitted from the
    2004 edition of Boy Scout Requirements


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • 2005 Merit Badge Changes
  • Old requirements may continue to be used until
    December 31, 2005
  • Archery
  • Astronomy
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Chemistry
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Cooking


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • 2005 Merit Badge Changes
  • Old requirements may continue to be used until
    December 31, 2005
  • Cycling
  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Family Life
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • 2005 Merit Badge Changes
  • Old requirements may continue to be used until
    December 31, 2005
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Medicine
  • Metalwork
  • Nuclear Science (formerly Atomic Energy)
  • Plumbing
  • Railroading
  • Scholarship


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • 2005 Merit Badge Changes
  • Old requirements may continue to be used until
    December 31, 2005
  • Small Boat Sailing
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Space Exploration
  • Surveying
  • Theater


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Helpful Websites


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • National Website
  • http//www.bsa.scouting.org/
  • Scouting Forms
  • http//usscouts.org/
  • Plenty of helpful links here
  • http//www.pacsky.org/scouting/forms/f.html
  • General site
  • http//inet1.com/bsa/index.htm


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • Central Florida Council Website
  • http//www.cfcbsa.org/
  • Has links to District Websites
  • Guide to Safe Scouting
  • http//www.bsa.scouting.org/pubs/gss/index.html
  • Merit Badge Requirements
  • http//www.meritbadge.com/home.htm


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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  • This presentation is available on the Web at
  • http//usscouts.org/scoutmaster/index.asp


Merit Badge Counseling Instruction October 22,
2005
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