Re: Paper Trail to Eagle (Was RE: Eagle Letters)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 14:02:50 -0500
Mark asked in a followup to questions about the "paper trail", what goes on
behind the scenes after the Scoutmaster hands over the signed Eagle Scout
package to the local Council....:
>Two questions here. This morning, while talking to another SM he told >me
that several Scouts had just completed Masonry MB which was >canceled almost
two years ago. They started working on it about 2 1/2 >years ago and just
He had better (1) made sure that the local Council STILL have those merit
badges....and (2) made suret the signed Merit Badge cards hit that local
Council before the end of the second year.
Local Councils were given a two-year "grace period" due mainly to the way
the BSA publishes their handbooks and materials, after a merit badge has
been discontinued, for Scouts to continue to earn them. The restrictions
are that the local Council Executive must approve the "grace period" and
that the local Council has adequate stock of the discontinued merit badges.
When a Merit Badge (or any insignia for that matter) is no longer being
used, the Supply Division PUSHES those extra badges out to the local
Councils for them to sell and/or destroy them. Lots of Councils place them
on the shelves for a short period, then places them in a "traders' box" or
offers them at a reduced price, and then take the rest out to the dumpster
or burn them at District or Council events symbolically.
This practice of the "two year grace period" started in 1974, when the BSA
discontinued two merit badges and renamed three others and Scouts were
caught in the middle....if a local Council has it, and if the Council Exec says
its okay (he/she has the final say), then your Scouts can continue to work
on the badge until the next publishing of the Boy Scout Requirements booklet
(which comes out every two years presently) or until stock is gone,
whichever comes first. As far as I know, that practice hasn't changed, but
*in my opinion* it should be documented in the Advancement Procedures
booklet so that all of us out here would KNOW
what to do in that case!
> Now, as I understand it a Scout can work on a badge until his
>18th birthday. So he could have completed Conservation MB in 1974 or >75,
as long as he *started* it before 1972, correct?
Nope. The Conservation of Natural Resources MB went off the shelves pretty
quickly, so it was like 1973 or early 74 when the last of them were gone. I
earned mine in late 1973, as part of the requirements for the Hornaday Award.
>Second question. If this hypothetical Scout of yours earned >Conservation
in 1972 isn't he a little old to be going for Eagle? ;-)
In that particular case, I was using myself as an example.....I earned Eagle
"late" according to "today's standards". I became a Boy Scout on 18 March
1971, and earned Eagle on November 6, 1975.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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