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Are a merit badge counselors a ward/stake calling for you?


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#1 Backroads

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

I'm noticing this little trend where being a merit badge counselor is actually now a calling... anyone seeing that in their wards/stakes?

Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?


#2 BenRaines

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

I have never seen it as a calling in 30 yrs of LDS Scouting but I have seen callings that are not official callings extended. Ben Raines
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

Not in my area. I am a merit badge counselor for the chess merit badge. Since it is fairly new, they did it a chess clinic and I got to share my love of chess with about 60 scouts. I was thrilled. But no it isn't a calling.

#4 Sharky

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

Not an "Official" Calling, not yet anyway. The trend we are having is taht we have many qualified individuals for numerous of the merit badges; however, few are willing to voluntarily volunteer. Those that do are frequently counselors for several merit badges. We have found ourselves having to casually approach people and asking them to be a merit badge counselor for 1 or 2 very specific merit badges. That worked okay for a couple years but in the past 12-months it just hasn't been. We've talked withn a few people about their experience & reasons why they don't want to be a counselor etc & a lot of it comes down to lack of time & lack of self confidence to work within the BSA program ....

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

Like BenRaines, I have never seen such a thing in all my time in the Church, and I just turned 50.

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#6 Backroads

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

We have found ourselves having to casually approach people and asking them to be a merit badge counselor for 1 or 2 very specific merit badges.


I wonder if that's what I'm seeing. Only the people bringing in the counselors' paperwork act like they were callings they've asked them to do.

Eh, I guess I'm getting an impression that doesn't properly reflect what is actually happening.

Though every now and then I do get the panicked question of "I can't see the merit badge counselors on the troop roster!"

Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

I'm only seen it happen when there is a specific merit badge needed and no counselors for that merit badge. I also have only seen it happen in one ward (in Bountiful).




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