Advancement and Eagle to Life information long message.
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Sat, 20 Mar 1993 15:37:00 MST
This is a long message.
For everyone's reference since we have been talking about Eagle and
advancement. I am sending out a copy of the outline we use for our
Life to Eagle Presentations (below) and an outline I have used for
teaching advancment at Scoutmaster's training. We have even done
a video copy of the Life to Eagle Seminar to share with our troops.
Outline used for Life to Eagle Seminars:
II. WHAT IS AN EAGLE SCOUT?
Who Wants to be an Eagle Scout?
WHY? List reasons . . . privileges, recognition,
self-fulfillment, learning, . . .
WHAT is an Eagle Scout? . . .
III. EAGLE SERVICE PROJECT WORKBOOK:
Requirement 5, BSA handbook and on application!
Complete CONCEPT of project before submitting.
Feel free to add additional pages and please add
before/after photos if relevant.
IV. PROJECT BRAINSTORMING:
KEY WORDS: PLAN, DEVELOP, GIVE LEADERSHIP, FOR THE
COMMUNITY, BEST EFFORT, be significant magnitude to be
special (real value to the organization)
No-Nos: For BSA, Fund raiser, commercial in nature,
routine labor, joint projects.
Who to speak with when looking for Eagle Projects:
religious leaders, any local, state, or Federal
government entity, non-profit organizations, community
Who can work on your Eagle Project?
V. THE EAGLE APPLICATION:
Use newest form with room for MMDDYY for merit
Resources for dates, BSA Handbook, merit badge
cards, troop advancement sheets. Do not depend upon
any council to help you find the dates.
Requirement 2: References! Letters nice, not req.
Requirement 6: very important! SCM signs after SCM
Conference. CC signs before Board of Review.
All complete, application, service project and other
supporting material goes to COUNCIL OFFICE for
verification of records. It is then returned to
DIST ADVANCEMENT to arrange for BOR.
Council Cert & Scout Exec sign after BoR.
VI. THE FINAL PACKET:
This is your presentation to the Eagle Scout Board
of Review and to BSA National's Court of Honor.
Make it look good, it is a reflection of you!
VII. HOW ADULTS CAN AND CANNOT HELP:
Have your troop assign you an advisor (not your
parents) to help, but not do the work for you.
VIII. EAGLE BOARDS OF REVIEW:
IX. WHO TO CONTACT:
Outline used for Scoutmaster Fundamentals:
What is advancement:
Advancement is one of the eight methods we use to motivate and
direct a boy's growth.
Purpose of Advancement:
The Boy Scout advancement plan is designed to encourage Scouts to
accomplish a progressive series of learning experiences in the
areas of citizenship, character, and personal fitness. It provides
for recognizing and measuring these experiences.
How does a Scout Advance:
Learning: Learns by DOING
Testing; By DEMONSTRATING his ability
Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class:
Merit Badges on the way to Eagle:
1. Opportunities for Scouts to plan and carry out projects
toward their own growth and development.
2. Opportunities for Scouts to learn about many subjects
including Scout skills, career, hobby, cultural, and
3. Enough orientation in these fields to serve as a
springboard for further exploration and to help a Scout
discover his talents.
4. Useful skills in many subjects leading toward capable,
5. Involvement in activities of interest to boys.
Counselors - NEED TO BE REGISTERED!!!! (they pay no fee)
Scout starts with SCM, merit Badge Card
To counselor from one to many times.
MB requirements - no alternation, but you can supplement
Demonstrate: When the requirements state demonstrate,
that is what the Scout should be doing.
Classes at troop meetings - Great!!!!
Special Classes outside a troop meeting Great!!!
Scout on his own and just does it, BETTER THAN GREAT!!!!
Special comments on Summer Camp
Special Eagle Requirements:
Eagle Scout Service Projects
Boards of Review:
Satisfactory standard has been maintained?
Avoid using a set formula or list of questions.
Questions to determine that each individual boy has met the
AS MUCH A PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE AS LEARNING AND
Committee is made up of Troop committee members, not
Assistant Scoutmasters and most definitely not the
SCOUTMASTER! For Eagles, at least one district or council
advancement committee person needs to be present.
The Scoutmaster presents the scout to the committee, for
Eagle boards he may be present to answer questions about the
scouts background. He is not to take part in the board of
review as a participant. He is not to ask the scout the
questions, the board of review members do that!
GUIDE TO THE TYPE OF QUESTIONS TO ASK:
About Scout Activity: What scout outings have you gone on? What
activity have you enjoyed since reaching .... rank?
On Skills learned for Tenderfoot through First Class and the merit
badges: How would you orient a map? What would you do if you met
a man bleeding profusely? The purpose is NOT TO RE-EXAMINE the
Scout on every point of the requirements, but to determine that he
has a practical working knowledge of the required material.
On Scout Ideals: Look for understanding and awareness rather then
concrete evidence of the ideals of scouting. How do you keep
yourself physically strong? What does the third point of the Scout
Law mean to you? The fundamental objective here is good standards
On Service Projects: Ask him about good turns and when the service
projects are required, ask him about those.
On Religious Principals: Duty to God is a part of BSA. Questions
should be of a nature about how he feels he is doing this or if he
feels he is doing this. Interpretation and definition of God
should be in the hands of the families and religious leaders.
When a scout is not ready, give him the opportunity to face up to
it himself. Praise him on as many points as possible, then ask him
whether, considering his entire performance, if he thinks his
advancement should be approved. In most cases he will know that
he is not prepared.
Do not forget to review the scouts who are not advancing. You need
to find out why and encourage them on. It is also an opportunity
to find out where the troop is dropping the ball.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City