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New Merit Badge Worksheets

I see that you've undone a lot of what I did. Is there a reason that Mr. R's are being removed? And, is there a reason that the Worksheets page has been completely redone? I put a lot of time into that and it would have been courteous to have had some discussion over proposed changes. EagleForumFan 06:42, March 3, 2008 (EST)

I apologize for any misunderstandings. Mr. R's content and links appear to not have been updated in several years. The requirements have changed since then. Meritbadge.org tries to only reference the current requirements. Many of links that are still viable have been added to meritbadge.org. If there are links that are missing from meritbadge.org, we should add them here.
The reason for the updated worksheets is that most of the old worksheets contained wording that did not match the current requriements. The BSA is updating as many as 22-26 merit badges a year. Also, the new worksheets address formatting issues such as a need for increased line spacing to allow enough room for younger Scouts to write. Plus the new worksheets include a wealth of links to online content. 59 include video lessons to teach skills. These changes were made with direction of the site moderators. It was my understanding that the previous author had declined further updates. The "new" worksheets had originally been posted at usscout.org for years.
The site moderators have asked that doc file formats no longer be used as this has allowed requirements to be altered. Again, sorry for any misunderstandings. - Craig (Milominderbinder2) 07:42, March 3, 2008 (CST)
Thank you for the explanation. It was disconcerting to find so many changes without explanation. This makes perfect sense. EagleForumFan 01:04, March 5, 2008 (EST)

New Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets and Consistency of Pages

Could you please explain the rationale behind these changes?: Webelos Artist Activity Badge moved to Artist: To allow the Worksheet Template to work correctly and to be consistent with the Merit Badge nomenclature. Scouterdennis 17:07, March 11, 2008 (EDT)

Worksheets have been created for all Webelos Activity Badge. Consequently, the Worksheet Template needed to be added to each page. The template requires that the page name match the worksheet pdf name. The page names for the merit badges are names like "Swimming". To be consistent (and for the template to work), "Webelos Aquanaut Activity Badge," for instance, needed to be Aquanaut."
Another issue that this addresses is that very few people know that Aquanaut is actually the Webelos Aquanaut Activity Badge. They want help with the Aquanaut Pin. They have never heard of an Aquanaut "Badge". Our links say "Aquanaut" for this reason.
When you click Aquanaut, you will go to Aquanaut and the worksheets will work as well. The old Webelos Aquanaut Activity Badge page redirects you to Aquanaut. We are also standardizing the section headings to match the sections on the Boy Scout Merit Badge Sections. Hope that helps.Milominderbinder2 17:23, March 11, 2008 (EDT)
Why not simply have "Aquanaut" redirect to "Webelos Aquanaut Activity Badge"? That way the article title would be descriptive (and also would be what the BSA calls them, their actual name) and people would still be able to find what they need. By your (their) reasoning, we should rename all of the Belt Loop articles, since no one would ever search for "Cub Scout Sports: Basketball".
The name of the final page you redirect to must match the name of the pdf they link to. Again, this was driven by the need to standardize page names that have a linked pdf worksheet. The pages still show the full names. The page name is for internal lnking.Milominderbinder2 17:49, March 12, 2008 (EDT)
Who makes these decisions? Is there any discussion? Scouterdennis 06:53, March 12, 2008 (EDT)
I am not speaking on behalf of MeritBadge.org but I can tell you that the Sysops (moderators) make decisions cautiously. MeritBadge.com started years ago with the vision of one guy, Michael Kauffmann. Over time a few more key people started helping him. The Wiki concept of Merit Badge.org is allowing many to collaborate now. MeritBadge.org is changing and growing every day. Milominderbinder2 17:49, March 12, 2008 (EDT)

Standardized Cub Scout Academic & Sports Pages

You changed the Notes section of every Sports Belt Loop and Pin, so now they ALL read Badminton instead of the article name. Scouterdennis 06:45, March 12, 2008 (EDT)

Over time a variety of layouts were used as Cub Scout Academic & Sports Pages were created. Some are off to a great start. Others had not yet been started. Many were in this general format that mirrors the Boy Scout Merit Badges:

Welcome text
Belt Loop Requirements
Academics Pin Requirements
link to red book
Notes
Related achievements, electives, or other awards
  • Tiger
  • Wolf
  • Bear
  • etc...
External links

Now all of those pages should be in this format. The variables and links should all work. Milominderbinder2 17:49, March 12, 2008 (EDT)

Template:Cub Scout Academics and Sports navbox

Craig, I reverted your change to {{Cub Scout Academics and Sports navbox}} (use belt loop image instead of crest) which replaced the images to retain consistency with the other navboxes. See MeritBadgeDotOrg:Scout-related Templates/Navigational templates, where the Award-related navboxes all use an image which represents the whole set of awards and is not just an example of one of them. Also, the Marbles belt loop image is super blurry. I do like the font increase.

I also added a worksheet link to the header section, just like the one you just added to the Webelos Activity Badge navbox. Scouterdennis 10:35, August 1, 2008 (EDT)

Welcome back

Welcome back; we've missed you. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 17:17, August 12, 2009 (EDT)

New Venturing Award pages

Milominder:

As you may have noted from the Recent changes I have taken a good pass at the new Venturing awards. Here is a summary of my new pages and touches:

New pages:

  1. Venturing Award
  2. Discovery Award
  3. Pathfinder Award
  4. Summit Award
  5. Three Tiers of Adventure
  6. Summit Board of Review

Significant touched:

  1. Template:Venturing_advancement_navbox
  2. Old Venturing basic advancement pages to add discontinued notice
  3. The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve added Otheruses for "Summit"
  4. The links to the Venturing awards on the Main Page.

Some comments:

I patterned the new Venturing level awards after the Boy Scout ranks. I had to use the Infobox_BoyScoutRank for the images; it would be nice if a new infobox for VenturingLevel could be made with the colors of Infobox_Award. Just a suggestion.

True to the Venturing spirit at national, there are two conflicting set of requirements for each award. I added both and documented where they came from at the BSA. I have added a ArticleMessageBox "contradictory" to indicate the problem. In doing so, I have also included a locked reqs subpage that is intentionally empty. (Ugly I know). However the requirements are apparently still in flux, and the 2014 Venturing Handbook is due out at any time this year, so until the "official" requirements are published, it is problematic to lock these requirements I just added. You of course can decide if you want to kill the empty regs subpage box or leave it or whatever until the final requirements come out.

I have added extensive notes from the FAQs and BSA ppts published on the BSA site. These requirements are just not fully baked. Just saying.

The Summit Board of Review is a new page, partly because I could not add it to the Boards of Review page and partly because I don't think you would want this added to that page. You can take a look.

I did not of course edit the Venturing Advancement page. But I suggest that page not be changed until more dust settles in this shakeup.

It appears that the Scout badge has been upgraded to "Scout rank". I have no plans to address that on this site, as many others would be better to handle those changes across the site.

So unless something comes out that I am aware of to add or change, any changes I will make in the immediate future will only be tweaks. Hope this helps.

Yours in Scouting,

--User:Missylou2who 22:05, August 24, 2014 (EDT)

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