Seascout wrote:I would not want to mislead anyone. The overall issue I was hoping to address is not one that exists only in our own council. We do frequently attend camps outside our own area just to give the boys a change of scenery and perspective. The majority of badge approvals are acceptable and those that are not are seldom as dramatic as the canoeing incident. But the basic ethical questions of awarding those badges without any effort to intervene on behalf of the boy remains for me.
I understand the need for guiding policy. I understand the importance of trusting our system and working to fix it when it fails. I applaud the honor of scouts who independently report issues and deal appropriately with the occasion.
But I also know there are times when our best efforts to create a perfect system, don't measure up. I'd like to think we could devise an acceptable safety net without harm to the system. Maybe we can't. But it's hard not to want to try.
Thanks again to everyone for your input. Much appreciated.
Glad you were able to get the information that you needed (and that you looked for it, too).
My opinion is that while your question was primarily about you Troop process which is being addressed, the bigger issue is of the camp processes. This is where I suggest bringing up the issue with the Camp Director and Council personnel - yes, even now after the camp. I have found that if people don't bring up issues like this they will continue. (They may continue anyway, but without being challenged they certainly won't change.)
As a current Scoutmaster and past summer camp staff member, I find no excuse in our program for deviation from the requirements (which is usually lessening them and justified as others have mentioned because of Scoutmaster pressure to ensure that Scouts get the MBs). I have challenged several at out Council camp and will continue to do so as long as they don't follow the requirements.
I urge everyone exposed to this to do the same regardless of the camp (or outside of camp for that matter).
I'll get off this soapbox (at least for now)