RT last night: Discussion point meandered from "Does the Scout need to keep the Merit Badge Worksheets after he is awarded the badge? " (no, not necessary. Not even necessary to earn a MB.) to "Who should keep the Blue Card, because the MB is ALWAYS entered into the Council Advancement Record, right?"
Choices testified to:
1) Blue card is the final record of last resort. one piece stays with Merit Badge Counselor. Second piece stays with Troop records (Troop Advancement Chair enters electronically to Council) and third part stays with Scout. He can do with it as he wants. Shoebox, special book, desk drawer, whatever, not our problem. He also gets a special card with the patch at the CoH.
2) Blue card has three parts. One stays with MBCounselor, second part stays in Troop records until the Adv Chair enters it in the Council electronic records, and then this card is MAILED to Council. ("we've always mailed them to Council") , third part is put in a record book (baseball card pocket page) that the Troop keeps(!!) until the Scout leaves the Troop. Each Scout has a book the Troop Adv. Chair keeps in a cabinet at the Meeting site. Scout DOES NOT keep a piece of the Blue Card himself.
3) Blue Card has three parts. One part stays with MBCounselor, one part stays with Troop in a special file , which is cleaned out periodically (?), third part is STAPLED to the special card the Scout gets with the MBPatch at the CoH. Scout receives a Advancement Record every year, listing his ranks, MBs (with counselor listed), PoRs, and dates associated with each.
Such a choice , some I never would have thought of. But then, I'm not a Scoutmaster.