- Scouters, I run Radio Merit Badge events for Troops and what I do is expect all the paperwork to be done, the lectures to be attended and the activitiesMessage 1 of 9 , Mar 8 10:42 PMView Source
I run Radio Merit Badge events for Troops and what I do is expect all the paperwork to be done, the lectures to be attended and the activities completed with each Scout presenting their paperwork and activities one by one to me or to another Counselor on the team if there is a team doing the badge for a large group.
Now we go over the requirements so there is an opportunity to get everything done correctly if the Scout is participating and engaged. I check with unit leaders in advance for any special needs cases, and handle them with discretion in a separate context to ensure that the special needs Scout has completed the requirements. Case in point: sometimes we need to go over the drawings and charts, on an individual basis for the special needs Scout. This allows us to make sure that they have the time and comprehension needed to complete the requirements properly. When other Scouts are presenting their paperwork, we first scan the work for completeness and if there is a gap, we first suggest that they go back and complete the requirements before doing to on the air work. We also try to discern whether we need to get a remedial group together because there is a wider need to reviewing a topic due to an instructional issue. If there is, we do that for those who so require it before proceeding with the on the air portion of their work. By gating the on the air work with the paperwork, it gives us time to stage Scouts for their on the air experiences and modulates demand for that function. We almost always use real on the air contacts either with other staff or with queued up Radio Amateurs outside the meeting site.
We do some on the air demonstrations of various modes and bands as part of the mass instructional element so that everyone knows of some of the options and how they could get on the air when their time comes. We also have them assemble the system components of a station in small groups and take a tour of whatever antennas we have and how they are built.
One last idea: If you have multiple Merit Badge instructors available, break the Scouts into groups and do the Merit Badge requirements in a round robin format after a basic mass introduction, as this helps keep up their interest and reduces boredom with a particular instructor or setting.
Hope this helps by giving everyone some creative ways to present the Radio Merit Badge.
Thanks & 73,
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Edmund Leavitt
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 5:29 PM
Subject: [ScoutRadio] Class time
I've been asked to conduct the BSA Radio merit badge training for a
local group of a dozen or so scouts. I've taught classes over the
years, mostly to the military and always to adults.
I'd like to get a feel for how many hours of class time are typically
needed for the instructional part. I'm also wondering how appropriate
it is to expect scouts to take on homework assignments from handouts
that I would provide, for instance to learn the ITU Phonetic Alphabet?