smtroop168 wrote:I'm glad he's working hard on MBs but is he a 1st class yet? One every 9 days would mean he would have 4 before he could become a Tenderfoot by meeting the 30 day PT requirement. I don't have too many 11 year olds with very good organizational skills either.
I had a scout come to one of our MB colleges. Scout was 17 + and he had 114 MBs already but we were offering 2 he didn't have yet. Mom pulled out the day planner and made sure we could fit in his? schedule.
lifescoutforlife wrote:My son went to 5 weeks of summer camp and yes he is first class. He earned 8 mb's in one week at camp, my son that earned them all only ever earned 6 one time at a week of camp. He is working on Carpentry,Woodworking, Cit in Comm and Family Life at this time. It's called goal setting and workig to get done what it takes to reach them goals and not making excuses for something not getting done. By the way the more that people told my older son he couldn't do sometime or he was you young made him work even harder to prove them all wrong.
agdparker wrote:At our camp, you can do the three handicraft badges (Leatherworking, Basketry and Woodcarving) during afternoon free time. Regular merit badges are offered during the morning and early afternoon. Most badges take 1 day, but there are many 2-day badges. I suppose it's possible to do the 3 handicraft, plus 5 1-day badges at ours, but I don't see it that often. Usually, they are working on EScience or one of the boating badges and those all take 2 days. I would say that gets harder to do as you knock off the 1-day badges, obviously.
AquilaNegra2 wrote:Yeah, 12 weeks. Because we homeschool, we made a lot of the badges into classes, and invited other Scouts. Those boys know the Constitution very well. The "no more, no less" doesn't apply to school . Same with Public Speaking, Computers, and several others. It helped to have them structured, added legitimacy by including other Scouts (and siblings), let the kids have fun while learning, and gave us group discounts on field trips.
#1's article is up, if you're interested: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/nov/ ... ritorious/
smtroop168 wrote:Welcome to the forum.
You have hit the nail on the head and have succeeded in firing up a number of us I'm sure.
What BSA camp is this? Most Badges take 1 day????? ...if that is how your camp is doing MBs then that is a huge disservice to the scouts. Esci in 2 days is also a real stretch.
agdparker wrote:Thanks for the welcome. Our council camp is John Mensinger. I've attached a screen shot of the MB grid for this year, but the guide is available on the council website if you want to see it in its original form. After looking at the list again, it appears that there are less 2-day badges than I thought. The grid is not intuitive and this is the first year they've done it in this format, but I think if it has 2 sessions, then it spans multiple days. I know for a fact that the grid changed once camp started because some of the class length estimates were wrong.
You're absolutely correct that there were prerequisites. I can't speak to the specific requirements you mention, however.AquilaNegra2 wrote:Some of these must be partials or require a lot of upfront work. The ability to reach the necessary score for Shotgun is not something most Scouts will be able to do in 3 hours; same with Rifle Shooting (though it's easier). Forestry requires a trip -- unless the camp is on the grounds of a logging operation or managed forest. And needs a visit with a professional forester (not just an MBC). When they're watered down, it's unfair to the Scouts who do them properly.
smtroop168 wrote:Accomplishing earning all the MBs is certainly noteworthy and obviously does not come cheap as you mention so if a boy's family has the financial ability to do it, more power to them.
We have scouts that are happy to afford a shirt and go to a weekend campout and our troop is happy to help them out so they can enjoy the program. One week of summer camp is a huge cost to some especially today.
The one day MBs at summer camp struck a nerve especially if that is the way this camp really operates. Is there any QA of their MB offerings?
smtroop168 wrote:If you sell $5000 can you go for 5 weeks? Using other people's money is always good! The $300 can be spent on Scuba MB.
scoutaholic wrote:Probably another important part for reaching this goal is a good way to track what is done, what is in progress, and what still needs to be done.
I got a magnetic white board for my son to use. We printed graphics of each of the MBs and attached those to magnetic tape.
Then we divided the board into sections. The right side is all the badges not yet started. The left side is all the badges he has already received (after the court of honor). As the magnets move across the board they go through sections where we have found a counselor, scheduled classes/meetings, partials, ready to pass-off, and completed (but not yet presented). ...
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