One of the issues when you limit people is making them decide which badges to sign up for and which to leave out. I had a person apply in my council who was an airline pilot. He stated, in his letter, that he would drop aviation because few asked for it and he preferred to work with more Scouts. What an incredible loss to the Scouts who wanted to work on aviation. That’s what happens when you artificially limit people.
As far as qualifications, I know many people with a wide array of skills and hobbies. Let me use myself as an example.
My vocation is computer science. I’ve worked as an adjunct professor of computer science at a local university. I’ve worked for several startup companies. I’ve started and run my own company for over two decades. I hold two patents for inventions I created. One of the companies I worked for specialized in GPS hardware and software.
I volunteer with an emergency services group for amateur radio. I have a ham radio license. I’m an assistant Scoutmaster and frequently backpack, camp and hike both with the Scouts and my family. I’m an instructor for wilderness first aid (wilderness first responder), CPR, etc. I’m a certified open water SCUBA diver. I was the volunteer technical director for our local high school theater department for over a decade. I volunteer as the flag etiquette consulting for a multi-million dollar stadium fireworks production. I’m an NRA certified instructor and RSO.
My hobbies include amateur radio, photography, astronomy, robotics, coin collecting, archery, shooting sports, flag etiquette, geocaching, biking, chess, camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mentoring, music (I play bugle, harmonica, clarinet, etc.). I’ve had pets my entire life. I have been registered with BSA for over 50 years starting as a Cub Scout.
I believe that background qualifies me for (at least) the following badges …
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Search and Rescue
Signs, Signals, & Codes
Given my qualifications above, which of these do you feel I’m not qualified to counsel? Which would you have me drop?
Edited to add: No one suggested 130 MBs. I was pointing out that the lame excuse offered of “you can’t fit that much text in one field” was completely bogus. I did this by putting every possible badge in one field.