[ RadSafe ] Boy Scouts nuclear science merit badge

David Gilson dggilson at radioactivesolutionsgroup.com
Wed Dec 5 08:32:56 CST 2012


My experience with this is that the boys who choose to go after this merit
badge will understand as long as you don't get too technical. If you stick
fairly close to the guidance in the merit badge book and you don't get off
track and tried to get too technical (which I did the first time through)
you shouldn't have any problems. I was pleasantly surprised by the knowledge
and perseverance and desire to learn of all the boys that I counseled on
this merit badge. Well, not all, but the ones who have no desire are the
ones who quickly figure out that they don't want that merit badge after all.

Several times they set up classes where I gave an overview of the
requirements for the merit badge directly from the book and that gave most
of the boys a chance to determine whether or not they wanted to go after it.
As I taught the class it was easy to see who had interest and who didn't and
so you can weed them out fairly quickly. Again, my first time through, I
went overboard and got a little too technical and I had NO takers on that
first time through. The 2nd time I kept it really general and generic and I
had four boys who went all the way through it got the merit badge. Once your
area Scout office understands that they have a merit badge counselor
qualified on this merit badge they will be sending you boys from other
troops and will probably be asking you to counsel on other technical merit
badges as well.

Good luck, if you like working with the scouts I think you'll have a lot of

David Gilson

Radioactive Solutions Group

Orem, UT 84097
email: dggilson at radioactivesolutionsgroup.com 

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-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Corey Clift
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:23 AM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Boy Scouts nuclear science merit badge

I was asked to be a counselor for some boy scouts hoping to get merit badges
in nuclear science.  Most of the kids are ages 13-15.  Some of the topics
(basic physics, radiation safety, radiobiology etc) seem a bit advanced for
kids in their early teens.  Perhaps I'm wrong though.  Does anyone have any
experience they would like to share? Is there any advice on teaching nuclear
science to younger students or counseling this merit badge specifically?


Corey Clift, M.S.
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