Learning Objectives. At the end of this session, each participant should be able to:Explain the role of merit badges in the Scouting program Explain the responsibilities of a merit badge counselor
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1. Merit Badge Counselor Supplemental Training Colonial Virginia Council
2007 Training Fair
2. Learning Objectives At the end of this session, each participant should be able to:
Explain the role of merit badges in the Scouting program Explain the responsibilities of a merit badge counselor – requirements, buddy system, registration
Explain how to use a merit badge application
List the resources available to counselors and scouts
Volunteer at a counselor at MBU
3. Aims of BSA To Develop:
4. Methods of Boy Scouts Ideals (Oath and Law)
Association with Adults
5. BSA Advancement The Scout learns
The Scout is tested
The Scout is reviewed
The Scout is recognized
6. Rules – Time limits on badges There are NO time limits upon how long a Scout can work on a badge.
The Scout has until he is 18 to complete the badge requirements.
7. Rules - Requirements The Scout uses the current requirements when he starts the badge. If requirements change before he is finished, he may use the newer requirements, the old requirements or any in between (his choice).
8. Rules - Requirements Scouts are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated - no more and no less.
If it says “show,” then telling is not enough.
If it says “Do two ….”, you can’t require three.
Counselors do not have the discretion to change the requirements.
You can (and should) tell/do more to add interest, but you can’t require it for the badge.
9. Rules - Which Requirements are Valid? The official requirements for all merit badges are found in the current year Boy Scout Requirements (#33215)
Exception: A MB pamphlet is revised after distribution of Requirements
Requirements is published in January each year
10. Rules – Limits on badges There is no limit on the number of badges a Scout may earn.
There is no limit on the number of badges for which a person may serve as counselor.
There is no limit on the number of badges a Scout may earn from one person.
Scouts may earn badges counseled by a parent.
BUT, the intent is “association with adults.”
11. Rules - Buddy System One-on-one meetings in private are NOT allowed
Scout must meet with counselor with a buddy.
Or, someone else must be present during meetings with the counselor.
12. Rules - Group Sessions The counseling relationship is a counselor-Scout arrangement (individual).
Group sessions are permitted for efficiency, special facility usage, etc.
BUT - requirements MUST be completed on an individual basis.
Scouts should get individual attention.
13. Rules - Exceptions Lone Scouts
14. Process Scout discusses merit badge interests with Scoutmaster
Scoutmaster gives Scout a signed “blue card”
Scout sets up meeting(s) with counselor
Counselor coaches Scout
Counselor initials requirements on blue card as each requirement is completed
When requirements are finished, counselor signs blue card
Scout returns blue card to Scoutmaster
15. Requirements To Register Be at least 18 years old and be able to work with Scout-age boys.
Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation or avocation.
Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America (no fee required).
Adult Volunteer Application (#28-501)
Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (#33405)
Registration expires every December 31st
Merit Badge Counselors should also complete Youth Protection Training
16. What you agree to do: Follow requirements of the merit badge (keep up to date with the requirements)
Enforce the buddy system
Renew your MB Counselor registration annually
17. The Counselor’s Job Assist the Scout as he plans assigned projects and activities.
Coach the Scout through the badge - give him a deeper awareness of the subject; enthusiasm!
Satisfy yourself that each Scout (individually) meets the requirements of the badge.
Make it FUN!
18. Role of Counselor
19. Effective Teaching/Learning Learning objectives
20. Coach Teach the skill
Give Scout an opportunity to practice the skill
Take a genuine interest in the projects and encourage completion
Help Scout assess progress
21. Counselor Make the Scout feel welcome and relaxed
Interview the Scout to determine his preparedness
Set short-term and long-term goals
Follow up with the Scout
Help Scout evaluate his progress
Encourage the Scout to ask for help
22. Examiner Assure yourself that the Scout has completed the requirements
Individual attention; individual completion
23. Sources of information THE SOURCE of requirements - Boy Scout Requirements
Merit badge pamphlets
US Scouting Service - www.usscouts.org
MacScouter - www.macscouter.com
Meritbadge.com - www.meritbadge.com
Heritage District MBU -http://members.cox.net/mbu