Re: EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW QUESTION/HELP ME!!
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 09:37:50 -0400
> From: Anita Warshauer <Ladyscout@aol.com>
> Date: Tuesday, September 16, 1997 12:29 AM
> My 17 year old son (18 on Oct 17, 1997) has completed his Eagle project,
> all his merit badges and will finish his Troop board of review this
> Our problem is: he is leaving for Parris Island (Boot Camp) on Sunday,
> Sept. 21 and cannot have a council Board of Review before he leaves.
Wish all questions here were this easy. :-) First, I agree with Alan that
there should only be ONE Eagle Board of Review. Whether it is held at a
troop or district/council level is decided by your Council.
As to time extensions, there is absolutely NO problem, or extension
application of any sort required, as long as the board is held within 6
months of his 18th birthday (i.e.. 4/17/98). To quote right from the
Eagle application: "Scouts who have completed all requirements prior to
their 18th birthday may be reviewed and recognized after that date. For
boards of review conducted between three and six months after the
candidate's 18th birthday, a statement explaining the reason for the delay
must be attached to the Eagle Scout Application when it is submitted to
the Eagle Scout Service. The Boy Scout Division at the national office
must be contacted for procedures to follow if a board of review is to be
conducted more than six months after a candidate's 18th birthday."
I'm not sure how much plainer it could be. If the board is held by
1/17/98, NOTHING need be done other than submit the paperwork to national.
If it is between 1/18/98 and 4/17/98 then all that needs happen is that
an explanation, written by an adult Scouter, professional or volunteer,
explaining the delay (boot camp is certainly acceptable) has to be
attached when the application is submitted, after the board. If the board
can't be held before 4/17/98 then your council executive (is it BMC or
OC?) will need to contact national, in writing, in advance, for permission
to hold the board. But, again, boot camp should be a perfectly acceptable
reason and there should be absolutely NO problem. Whether your son has
any sort of disability is irrelevant in this case.
Wish him luck in both his Eagle and boot camp.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY
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