Ok, this one is a puzzler. A first class scout goes to summer camp where the merit badge Cooking is offered. After five days of instruction, he is awarded the badge by the camp. The camp has a computer generated blue card that shows all the requirements checked off. The card is given to the troop advancement coordinator, who enters the earned merit badge into the Troopmaster software. The badge is earned, right?
The Scoutmaster sees the merit badge earned on a list from summer camp, and realizes that there is no way the scout did the cooking requirements described in the book. He asked the scout how much cooking the scout did at summer camp. The scout says he has not done any cooking to get the badge. He has none of the paperwork or planning materials he should have produced, and cannot tell the scoutmaster much about the classes. The Scoutmaster wants him to take the merit badge again, with a regular councilor.
I am both a Troop ASM and a cooking MB councilor. I can only think that the camp councilor went through the MB planning and cooking requirements and asked if the scout had done patrol cooking on a camp out, and then marked the requirements as done. But since camp is all over, the councilors have dispersed to their colleges for the start of the fall semester. The camp only has the records they submitted to us.
I know that technically speaking, the scout has earned the badge, even though the scout has not really done anything much to complete the requirements. As a councilor, I cannot depend on the fact that the scout has done cooking on a camp out, since the requirements specifically state that cooking for other rank and MB requirements cannot be counted for the Cooking MB requirements. And I would not want to do that anyway, since I want the scout to get more experience cooking anyway.
What do we do? The Scoutmaster either wants the scout to take the badge over, or informally do all the requirements for the badge again. I want make sure the scouts actually do the requirements as stated in the book. I will allow older scouts to use prior patrol cooking duties as long as they are well documented and the scout can thoroughly discuss each event with me. I also want the troop to not allow the scouts to sign up for stuff like this again.
What do you think?