Category talk:Discontinued Merit Badges
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Ricewp, I rolled back your last edit. (See: Category:Discontinued_Merit_Badges&curid=1117&diff=36165&oldid=33867&rcid=36127.) Here are my reasons why:
- 1. Per the ACP&P, Local Councils no authority whatsoever to dictate to a Scout whether or not he can earn a merit badge... the fact that it may have been "discontinued" is not relevant... only National can determine that. If a Local Council is doing this, they are violating national policy!
- 2. Any Scout can continue working on any merit badge, even one that's been modified, renamed or discontinued, as long as it was active on the date he joined a program where he became eligible to earn that badge... i.e., Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, Sea Scouting. (The only exception, ever, has been the 2010 Historic Merit Badges, which were given a specific end-date, by National, in advance.)
- 3. Unfortunately, National's website is not the best, and certainly not the authoritative, source for referencing rules and regs... the books always override the website.
- 4 Per personal conversations I've had with National's ScoutNet database manager, they maintain the advancement records portion of the database in such a manner as to "purposefully" allow for the entry of any merit badge, whether it's been discontinued or not. National regularly gets advancement reports with a merit badge on it that's been discontinued for up to eight years... and, occasionally, a decade or more. And they put it in the system... just like they're supposed to. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 11:38, April 6, 2011 (EDT)