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Title: Boy Scout Troop 1257


1
Boy Scout Troop 1257
  • Merit Badge Orientation

2
Merit Badge Orientation
  • Scout Buddy System
  • Purpose of the Merit Badge Program
  • The Merit Badge Process
  • The Role of the Counselor
  • Registration Process

3
Buddy System
  • A Scout must have a buddy with him at each
    meeting with a Merit Badge Counselor (MBC)
  • Buddies may be
  • Another scout working on the same merit badge
  • A parent, guardian, brother, sister, or relative
  • A friend
  • Review the Guide To Safe Scouting
  • www.bsa.scouting.org/cgi/gss/viewall.pl

4
Purpose of Merit Badges
  • Basic character-developing tool
  • Scouts learn career skills
  • Scouts develop physical fitness and hobbies that
    give a lifetime of healthful recreation
  • Contact with adults with whom they might not be
    acquainted

5
  • To the fullest extent possible, the merit badge
    counseling relationship is a counselor-Scout
    arrangement in which the boy is not only judged
    on his performance of the requirements, but
    receives maximum benefit from the knowledge,
    skill, character, and personal interest of this
    counselor. Group instruction and orientation are
    encouraged where special facilities and expert
    personnel make this most practical, or when
    Scouts are dependent on only a few counselors for
    assistance. However, this group experience should
    be followed by attention to each individual
    candidate's projects and his ability to fulfill
    all requirements."

6
The Merit Badge Process
  • Scout selects a merit badge
  • Subject that interests the Scout
  • Eagle required merit badge

7
The Merit Badge Process
  • Scout indicates interest to Scoutmaster who
    interviews and signs application
  • Scoutmaster evaluates whether the Scout is
    prepared (by age, experience, prerequisites) to
    work on the particular Merit Badge.
  • If so, the Scout is referred to the person(s)
    that maintain the Counselor lists.
  • Scoutmaster also encourages the Scout to wear his
    uniform while working on his merit badge.

8
The Merit Badge Process
  • The Scout obtains the name phone number of MBC.
  • Scouts should be encouraged to seek counselors
    outside of the Troop.
  • Mr. DeGaetano has a list of District Merit Badge
    Counselors.
  • Scouts should use as many different counselors as
    possible. No more than 2 or 3 merit badges per
    counselor.

9
The Merit Badge Process
  • Scout gets MB book
  • Purchase at the Scout Store at the Council
    office.
  • Purchase at some JCPenney stores, Sunnys
    Outdoor, Riders Hobby, and other stores.
  • Scouts may recycle used books to other Scouts.
  • Troop Library
  • Regardless where the book is obtained
  • It must be the current edition!

10
The Merit Badge Process
  • Scout calls counselor
  • Most, if not all, contact should be initiated by
    the Scout.
  • Skills learned in this process could make that
    first job interview a lot easier.
  • Scout should use appropriate language.
  • Use yes sir/maam
  • Slang and other loose language should be
    discouraged.
  • These meetings should be handled in a
    business-like or professional manner.

11
The Merit Badge Process
  • Counselor sets date, time and place, encourages
    Scout to bring
  • MB book
  • A buddy
  • Signed application Blue Card
  • Started projects
  • Other indications of preparedness

12
The Merit Badge Process
  • At first interview decide upon
  • Projects
  • Goals
  • The entire merit badge book should be read.
  • Planning future interviews/sessions

13
The Merit Badge Process
  • Scout does work on his own and with help from the
    counselor
  • Some homework should be done to prepare
  • Some work with the counselor should be done to
    perfect work and refine technique
  • Testing of Scouts is done individually
  • If more than one Scout is working on the merit
    badge at the same time, evaluation of each Scout
    should be done independently of other Scouts
    efforts.

14
The Merit Badge Process
  • Just the Requirements (No more - No less)
  • With the exception of accommodation made for
    handicapping conditions, ALL requirements must be
    completed. Counselors MAY NOT add requirements.
    Scouts MAY do more if THEY wish to.
  • Consult the BSAs published guidelines for
    accommodating Scouts with special needs.

15
The Merit Badge Process
  • Test as you go
  • Scouts need not meet all requirements at one
    time. They may be signed off as they complete
    each one.
  • Merit Badge Counselor helps the Scout
  • Dont be a judge or evaluator only.
  • Be a friend, advocate, resource, teacher

16
The Merit Badge Process
  • The Merit Badge Counselor may keep the records
    (blue card.)
  • The Scout may keep the blue card

Once the merit badge work has been completed, the
counselor will give the signed blue card (two
parts) back to the Scout
17
The Merit Badge Process
  • Scout turns in completed blue card
  • Scout return both portions (unit and applicant)
    intact for advancement record keeping. Scout
    copy will be presented to him with the merit
    badge insignia at the next troop meeting.
  • Blue card may be turned in to Scoutmaster,
    Committee Chair or the Advancement Chair
  • Scout keeps his copy
  • When the Scout gets his portion of the blue card,
    he should find a safe place to keep it.

18
The Merit Badge Process
  • Youth Protection
  • Dont overlook this!!
  • Require the buddy system.
  • This can help keep the counselor out of trouble.
  • Reduce the chances of misunderstanding
  • where you met
  • when
  • language used

19
The Role of the Counselor
  • The counselor should not be learning the badge
    with the Scout. Be Prepared!

20
Duties as a Counselor
  • Interview the Scout to determine
  • Preparedness
  • Knowledge
  • Interest
  • Goals
  • Follow up
  • Evaluate progress
  • Offer assistance

21
Counselor's Role
  • Duties as a Coach
  • Teach required skills
  • Opportunity to practice
  • Genuine interest
  • Enthusiasm

22
Counselor's Role
  • Duties as an Examiner
  • Current Requirements
  • NO MORE, NO LESS
  • Duties to the Troop and BSA
  • Renew registration
  • YPP
  • Follow BSA policies

23
The Forms
  • Adult Application Form
  • Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (34405)
  • Troop Re-charter Form (adult portion)

24
Adult Application
  • Provides important information about an adult
    that wishes to work directly with Scouts.
  • This information must be filled out carefully and
    completely and verified by Troop leadership.

25
Merit Badge Counselor Information Form
  • A BSA form that collects information about a
    counselor and the merit badges to be counseled.
    It also asks the candidate what level of
    involvement the candidate has with the subject
    matter.

26
Registration Process
  • All merit badge counselors must be registered
    through the District
  • The merit badge counselor candidate must
    completely fill out and sign an Adult Application
    and a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form.
  • The Troop Committee Chair and COR are responsible
    for checking references and vouching for the
    candidate.
  • The District Merit Badge Dean reviews the forms
    (completeness and clarity.) The information is
    then entered into The Database.
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