Re: Eagle Requirements and Explorers
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 21 Sep 1998 14:06:13 -0400
At 11:09 PM 9/20/98 -0700, Rick Cordray wrote:
>I interpret these dates differently, and I think my interpretation will
>clear up your confusion.
>1) The list of required Eagle merit badges changes effective April 1, 1999
>for everyone in both Scouting and Exploring.
True for Scouts and Venturing, NOT true for Exploring.
>2) The Exploring program split into Exploring and Venturing on August 1
>this year, and neither Explorers nor Venturers under the rules of the new
>programs can earn Eagle.
Not true Venturers. For Explorers the rules are essentially as you state below.
Explorers who are working on the rank under the
>old program rules, and are not otherwise registered with a Troop, have until
>December 31, 1999 to complete Eagle - after that date, the option to
>complete the Eagle rank while in the Exploring program no longer exists.
With regard to Venturers, I believe this is an exact quote from the flyer
issued by national. If it is not an exact quote, it is close. (All my
copies of the flyer are down in the car. I took this from the USSSP web site.)
"Any male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a
troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward Star, Life
and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday. He must meet the
requirements as prescribed in the official Boy Scout Handbook and the
current Boy Scout Requirements book."
Thus, the OLD Explorer advancement rules carry over, almost verbatim, to
As to Exploring, the flyer states:
"Explorers who are currently working on rank requirements toward the Star,
Life, and Eagle Scout ranks may continue to do so using 1998 requirements
until December 31, 1999."
Note that the Explorer only has until 12/31/99 to reach Eagle, and that he
continues to use the 1998 requirements, not the changed requirements taking
For an Explorer to continue to earn Eagle after 1999 he will have to dual
register with another unit that permits him to advance. (Troop or Varsity
Team if not yet first class, or Troop, Team or Varsity Crew once he reaches
Crew members DO NOT need to be dual registered if they have already reached
first class, but can ONLY earn the ranks up to and including first class in
a Troop or Team so they will need to be dual registered up until that point.
Bruce E. Cobern
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