Boy Scout Troop 1257Merit Badge Orientation
Merit Badge OrientationScout Buddy SystemPurpose of the Merit Badge ProgramThe Merit Badge ProcessThe Role of the CounselorRegistration Process
Buddy SystemA 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 friendReview the Guide To Safe Scoutingwww.bsa.scouting.org/cgi/gss/viewall.pl
Purpose of Merit BadgesBasic character-developing toolScouts learn career skillsScouts develop physical fitness and hobbies that give a lifetime of healthful recreationContact with adults with whom they might not be acquainted
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."
The Merit Badge ProcessScout selects a merit badgeSubject that interests the ScoutEagle required merit badge
The Merit Badge ProcessScout indicates interest to Scoutmaster who interviews and signs applicationScoutmaster 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.
The Merit Badge ProcessThe 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.
The Merit Badge ProcessScout gets MB bookPurchase 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 LibraryRegardless where the book is obtained It must be the current edition!
The Merit Badge ProcessScout calls counselorMost, 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/maamSlang and other loose language should be discouraged.These meetings should be handled in a business-like or professional manner.
The Merit Badge ProcessCounselor sets date, time and place, encourages Scout to bring:MB bookA buddySigned application Blue CardStarted projectsOther indications of preparedness
The Merit Badge ProcessAt first interview decide uponProjectsGoalsThe entire merit badge book should be read.Planning future interviews/sessions
The Merit Badge ProcessScout does work on his own and with help from the counselorSome homework should be done to prepareSome work with the counselor should be done to perfect work and refine techniqueTesting of Scouts is done individuallyIf 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.
The Merit Badge ProcessJust 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.
The Merit Badge ProcessTest as you goScouts need not meet all requirements at one time. They may be signed off as they complete each one.
Merit Badge Counselor helps the ScoutDont be a judge or evaluator only.Be a friend, advocate, resource, teacher
The Merit Badge ProcessThe 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
The Merit Badge ProcessScout turns in completed blue cardScout 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 ChairScout keeps his copyWhen the Scout gets his portion of the blue card, he should find a safe place to keep it.
The Merit Badge ProcessYouth ProtectionDont overlook this!!Require the buddy system.This can help keep the counselor out of trouble.Reduce the chances of misunderstandingwhere you metwhenlanguage used
The Role of the Counselor
The counselor should not be learning the badge with the Scout. Be Prepared!
Duties as a Counselor Interview the Scout to determine PreparednessKnowledgeInterest Goals Follow up Evaluate progress Offer assistance
Counselor's RoleDuties as a CoachTeach required skillsOpportunity to practiceGenuine interestEnthusiasm
Counselor's RoleDuties as an ExaminerCurrent RequirementsNO MORE, NO LESSDuties to the Troop and BSARenew registrationYPPFollow BSA policies
The FormsAdult Application Form Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (#34405)Troop Re-charter Form (adult portion)
Adult ApplicationProvides 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.
Merit Badge Counselor Information FormA 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.
Registration ProcessAll merit badge counselors must be registered through the DistrictThe 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.
Pause for all to read.No one on one meetings without others nearby AND in plain sight.No closed door meetingsOne day these contacts might make that first job interview easier and more successfulRead ItFirst he selects an area of interest or challenge OR one of the Eagle Required merit badges.The Scout approaches the Scoutmaster (or your Scoutmaster may designate a Scoutmaster Assistant to handle this responsibility.Im still struggling with public posting with the Counselor lists.The Scouts should be following the BSA process.Not having their parents pick out a counselor off the elist.The Scout should first see the Scoutmaster then the Advancement Chair, then the counselor. Once the badge is complete: the Scout returns to the Scoutmaster for signature then takes his blue card back to the Advancement Chair.Not just a rubber stamp.