Re: Eagle Palms (was Embarassed Eagles)
Rick Cordray (rickc@IMAGE-TECH.COM)
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 08:03:47 -0700
> -----Original Message-----
> Date: Sun, 9 Aug 1998 12:44:38 -0500
> From: Len Christiansen <lrchristiansen@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
> Quite clearly any merit badge that a Scout has earned while he is a
> Scout can be used for Eagle Palms, assuming, of course, that the badge
> has not been used for other rank requirements.
Just a point of clarification: each rank stands on its own. Scouts don't
"use up" merit badges at each rank. Star requires 6 with 4 from the
required list, Life 11 with 7 from the required list, and Eagle 21 with 12
from the required list which must meet some additional restrictions. But,
if a Scout is Eagle, has any combination of 26 merit badges, and meets the
other requirements, he qualifies for a bronze palm regardless of how the
badges were used for the previous ranks.
Here's an example of what I mean. It is possible for a Scout to become Life
by earning 11 of the required badges. 5 of those might be Emerg. Prep and
Lifesaving, plus Swimming, Personal Fitness, and Sports. All 5 of these
count towards Life as Eagle required badges (current rules), but only 2
would count toward Eagle requirements. They might not even appear on the
Eagle application, depending on when they were earned or how the Scout chose
to fill out the application. But using them for Life does not disqualify
them for Eagle palms.
I think this also addresses some of the questions about the effect of the
new Eagle required list on Star and Life ranks. This would be my
interpretation of the rules, but only my opinion: between 1/1 and 4/1, a
Scout can qualify for Star or Life using either list of Eagle required
badges. Specifically, during that time, Safety, Hiking, Cycling, and Sports
will all count as required. If they don't complete their board of review
before 4/1, then Safety and Sports won't count and they'll have to earn some
of the other required badges instead.
I handle 5-10 Eagle applications a month and from those limited statistics,
I would say that this won't be a big problem. I rarely see Sports used as
an Eagle required, and Safety is somewhat notorious for being one of the
last badges most Scouts earn before Eagle.
Committee Chair, Troop 573, Woodinville, WA
Eagle advancement coordinator, North Lakes district
Chief Seattle Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City