Re: Eagle Palm
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 05:11:47 -0500
I do agree with Fred Rogers:
>Mike, I don't understand how a three-month lag between BoR and CoH can
>help. The scout would still not have time to serve 3 months as an Eagle
>before he turned 18. The key dates are the BoR date and his 18th
>birthday. Sounds like they are going to be less than 3 months apart. I
>think the young man waited too long. It's a shame but I don't see a way
>around the problem.
What I was speaking of and what happens sometimes (not common, but
it has happened several times) is the following:
The Scout earns Eagle at 17.9 years of age, but because of situations out
of his or his unit's control, the Court of Honor is held after his 18th
In the meantime, he meets the requirements for the Bronze Palm including the
three month service period after Eagle. Remember folks, as Fred points out
and as Chris Haggerty and Mike Bowman both reminds us, it's NOT the COURT
OF HONOR, or the "pinning date" that starts the "clock running" toward the
next Palm or the first one; it is the date of the BOARD OF REVIEW that does
this. Therefore, it is possible that a Scout could have participated in and
the Eagle Board of Review on September 1, 1996; waits for the approval to
come back from National sometime in late October or early November, and because
of Thanksgiving and the December holidays, does not get the Eagle badge
until January 3rd, 1997 (which is three days after his 18th birthday).
In the meantime, this Scout hasn't been sitting around, but has continued to
unit and community and earned 14 merit badges in the process. He uses five of
them as the first five for the Bronze Palm, which he participates in a Board
of Review for that rank on December 15th and passes that Board.
The national and local Council's records...the advancement reports submitted
the unit... will indicate that he completed both advancements well before
his birthday on New Year Day.
In the case of the Scout that W.W. Mitchell's trying to help out, I do agree
with Fred when he says that unfortunately, its a little too late.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
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Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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