Am I correct in assuming that Parents with “Full Access” can simply give their scout a merit badge that he has not earned and then Scoutbook will sync with Scoutnet and put it into the official records? This bypasses the MBC system, and the Troop System that make sure scouts “earn” awards and not just have awards given to them by their parents.
If this is the case, awards/Ranks become meaningless. And the Eagle Scout rank becomes just another “rubber stamp” award. I have a very high regard for the Eagle Scout Rank and I see scouts getting through Life Rank with no “earning” required through ScoutBook without the checks and balances built into advancement through the Troop System that is designed to ensure that a scout has EARNED an advancement. Unfortunately I did not reach Eagle Scout myself, but our Scoutmaster (an Eagle Scout and Vigil Member) is very adamant that scouts earn their awards.
We had a case where a Parent and Scout transferred into our Troop after having been in several other Troops. The scout was 11 years old and had 25 merit badges. He claimed to have completed Camping or Backpacking (not sure which) and one of our leaders sat down with him and the requirements worksheet to discuss his experiences in completing the badge. The scout claimed that he had been on a backpacking trip with a 2000 ft elevation change. He could not give any details about his experience, where they went, when they went, was it raining, what meals did you prepare. etc. It became obvious that the scout had not done the work to earn the Merit Badge. Evidently, previous troops had just taken the scout’s word and Scout’s Parent that he had completed the badges that he had already be awarded. When we refused to give him the Merit Badge, they quit the troop.