Here is a question, what is it with Adults and Badges?
I have recently seen a couple of questions on-line and outside of the www world all asking about more badges for adults. I only need three (maybe 4) on my uniform and one of those is not really a badge
My 3/4 are
- Woodbadge (not really a badge but it counts)
- World Membership Badge
- First Aid where appropriate
- Queens Scout (depending on if you chose to wear it on not)
Yes yes I know, there are District, County/Area badges. There are occasional badges, there are awards of merit and service awards. However, when you look at it, the above list is what you need to be a leader (or working towards in the case of Woodbadge)
So I guess my question is why do some adults feel the need to be like that keeno cub with a chest and arm full. Is it:
- about recognition?
- about a need to impress others with knowledge and skill?
- because they did not join scouts as a kid and feel they missed out?
- because they just want something to put on their blanket?
Or is these real reason to have them?
Some badge I have heard mentioned, I can see the benefit of e.g. a sign language badge to identify those who are able to use and understand sign language this would allow Young people at large events to easily identify people who could help them if they need it.
However, I guess the next stage is badges for experience; I am a project manager in my work life with experience of working with children and young adults with a range of different disabilities, do I need a badge for each disability or just one for all.
I maybe you could have badges to show you are trained in counselling “I am ok for drugs and self-harmers but if they turn suicidal I don’t have a badge for that”.
That is a bit light-hearted but the thing that worries me is I have heard mention of Adults wanting proficiency badges which to me is a step too far.
If you did not get the advance pioneer when you were a scout well that I am afraid is just tuff and there is no getting over it
I love to hear your thought on badges in the comments below?