Re: Eagle Deadline Question: Part II
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 21 Sep 1998 15:38:38 -0400
At 10:37 AM 9/21/98 -0400, Donald R Izard wrote:
>IN reply to George's reply to the "experts" . . .
> And as far as different dates for Eagles - I saw a document
> at Scout Leader training this weekend - that listed October 1,
> 1998 as the effective "date" of the changes for ALL SCOUTS who
> have not earned LIFE by Oct 1, 1998! So for any scouts
> who do not have their Life BOR before Oct 1, 1998, the new
> requirements are already effectively in effect - IE that
> all current scouts at Star and below, will have to earn
> Physical Fitness - unless they earn Life in the next Week!
> (and also swimming, OR hiking OR cycling )
This one is relatively easy to explain. The new requirements become
mandatory on 4/1/99. Since there is a minimum of 6 months required from
Life to Eagle, any Scout who is not a Life Scout by 10/1/98 cannot possibly
complete Eagle before 4/1/99. Therefore, for those Scouts, the NEW
requirements will have to be used for EAGLE. That does not mean that a
current Star Scout must begin using the new requirements immediately. On
the contrary, if he completes Life before 12/31/98 he must still do so under
the CURRENT requirements, but any time after that he can use the new
requirements, with there being a choice between 1/1/99 and 4/1/99.
Similar backdating can be done for ranks all the way back to First Class.
The dates, as confirmed by conversations with national, yet still subject to
any official announcement of the transition period (since it was NOT
mentioned in the official flyer announcing the changes) is that the
transition period begins 1/1/99 for 3 months. Thus, any rank advancement
this year must be under the current requirements, rank advancement between
1/1 and 4/1/99 can be under either set of requirements (consistently
applied), and any rank advancement after 4/1/99 must be under the new
Also confirmed with national is that in all cases the determining factor is
when the work is completed, NOT when the board of review is held.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City