Friday, May 3, 2013

Merit Badge Counselors

Something to keep in mind with merit badge counselors - the good ones don't just rubber-stamp stuff, they put the Counsel in Counselor. They help a boy understand and do what the requirements state, and work out answers to the more difficult stuff. They also have conversations, and become mentors and even friends. In one sense, working with the Counselor is actually more important than the requirements themselves. It also gives each boy experience working with different people and personalities. This is why the recommended procedure is to first find, then visit with a counselor before beginning work (in most cases; some things just happen as a matter of course, like doing chores for Family Life).

When calling the counselor to set an appointment, take a buddy. This can be a friend, another Scout, a brother, parent - anyone so long as he doesn't go alone.

Prepared. | For Life.™

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