A suggestion which has merit for discussion posted by
To promote skill acquisition and teach principles of open source development, Scouting should host a forum for each merit badge, with subforums for each requirement. Users could cast votes on each post (which may include, text, photos, videos, VR displays, etc …). And each post could then be ranked in terms of value to counselors, scoutmasters, scouts, and venturers — highest valued posts being presented first. The forum would be funded by nominal fees for posts and votes, with reports of revenue and expenses for the forum regularly filed under Personal Management and/or American Business MB.
This would allow scouts and venturers to organically participate in program development, and promote their program to other scouts.
Digital service stars could be given for highly valued posts. And national recognition for the year’s most artful/articulate submissions could be noted in the annual report.
Scouts could then reference their successes in national program development on resumes and other applications. For venturers, this would be far more valuable than a number of cloth medallions on a sash.
The forums could serve other merit-based awards, and might also be a platform that would be marketable to other organizations. (Think outside revenue streams.)
Merit badges are programs in of themselves and can be earned by Scouts, Sea scouts, and Venturers so are of interest and deserve a forum for discussion.either here or elsewhere.