WeeWillie wrote:I am becoming more and more disenchanted with MB Worksheets. To easy to cheat. Too much copying from the MB Book. At Summer Camp I've found too many instructors accepting any level of effort. When the requirement says discuss, too many MBCs are accepting the workbook instead of actually diiscussing the specifc requirment. The result, many Scouts don't know how to talk with an Adult i.e. eye to eye contact, yeah, mumbling... The come E-BOR and the perspective Eagle can't explain what he did in Scouting because he can't hold a conversation. So much for Communications MB (ER)
The Advancement Policies #33088 tells us is that each Scout is to be tested on each requriement individually.
To me the best use of a worksheets is to allow a Scout to organize his notes for when he meets with you so you can test him. They also listen far more attentively if they know you will be going over their worksheets.
The far end of the spectrum are the merit badge derbies (and summer camp classes) that present a topic with no individual testing. If you showed up you win a badge. Or worse they will have some little quiz that any good test taker could pass without even going into the room.
I know of one camp last summer who offered Fingerprinting and one week the state troopers did not show for the one-night class. So they gave every boy who showed up the merit badge.
Whether worksheets are used or not, there are adults who will teach cheating and others who will teach honor.
A worksheet is a tool.