Re: Eagle Rank Time Extensions
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 18:15:46 -0500
>Regarding the preceding, has anyone used this Time Extension
>procedure and have an example?
>'If a Scout or Explorer forsees that he will be unable to complete the
>requirements for the Eagle rank prior to his 18th birthday, he may file a
>petition in writing with the national Boy Scout Committee through the
>local council for special permission to continue to work toward the award
>after reaching age 18. The petition also may be filed by the unit leader or
>unit committee. The petition must show good and suffficient evidence
>and detail extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are
>defined as conditions or situations that are totlly beyoung the cotrol of
>the Scout or Explorer.'
Sure. Two examples, as a matter of fact:
The Scout enters into the Army's Delayed Entry Program at age 17.1 and
originally decided to go to the Army that spring. In the meantime, he is
still "active" with the Troop and wants to earn Eagle (because his recruiter
told him that he could come into the Army at a higher paygrade). He works
on everything including the "service project" but could not get everything
done by the time he leaves for the Army. He leaves for basic training,
comes back home five weeks before he turns 18, and requests the extension.
He gets it, based on his "previous work before he left to go to the Army";
earns his Eagle, gets his badge and doesn't come back to the Troop (even
though he's still in town and a member of a local Army National Guard unit).
The Scout's father works for a multinational corporation and receives a plum
assignment to India. His family is allowed to go with him, and the Scout
becomes a Lone Boy Scout through the Direct Service Council. The Scout
works toward Eagle, but has problems trying to find a merit badge counsellor
for one merit badge. He comes back to the States in the summer of his 18th
birthday, and earns that lone merit badge during summer camp.
He was given an additional 90 days to earn Eagle, and did through the DSC.
In both cases, Stu, the local Council had to first certify that:
*the Scout's advancement was "significantly impaired" by a factor or a
number of factors which were beyond the unit's or Scout's control. Things
like accidents which leave Scouts in the hospital seriously injured and
unable to attend the Board of Review until they are better; "deployments"
for military operations (for example, 34 Eagle Scouts had to wait until they
finished their Operation Desert Storm (Iraqi War) service and return home;
some of them didn't wait and were awarded their Eagles through either Direct
Service or Transatlantic Councils during that time; being out of the country
with family and unable (or unwilling, take it any way you like) to become a
Lone Boy Scout; fire or tornado damage to home or unit facility...
*the Scout's unit has stated that the Scout is making "significant progress"
toward the Eagle Scout rank (and didn't start on it seven weeks before the
Scout's 18th birthday)
*the Scout has been an "active member" (please don't ask me what the
definition of an "active member" is; the BSA itself really don't know what
that means and have left it to each local Council to define) of the unit
prior to the "significantly impaired event" above.
The local Council's Advancement Committee along with the Scout Executive
certifies that those special situations warrant the extension; the National
Eagle Scout Service may or may not concur with the recommendation and the
Director of the Boy Scout Program Division makes the decision on behalf of
the National Court of Honor.
Hope that helps out!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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