Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Safety Merit Badge
Re: Safety Merit Badge
Paul S. Wolf
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 09:16:22 -0400
Mike walton wrote:
> Remember, that Scouts that complete ALL requirements under the OLD
> advancement scheme before 1 April 1999, can STILL have their Eagle
> Board of Review AFTER 1 April 1999. For instance, if your Scout
> completed Safety and the rest of the merit badges under the present
> advancement scheme, complete his service project and his leadership
> experiences, and had his Scoutmaster's Conference before the end of
> March of next year, he can appear before an Eagle Board of Review
> as late as May 1 and still be reviewed using the OLD (present)
> advancement requirements for Eagle (after 1 May would require a
> waiver of some sort according to the BSA's Advancement Procedures
then Stu Estrade wrote:
> Mike, please explain where the May 1 date comes from.
> I understood the April 1, 1999 date is the beginning of the new Eagle
> requirements for all those Scouts, 17 and under, who had not completed
> an Eagle Board of Review.
> I can understand that if a Scout who turns 18 on or before March 31
> and has completed all Eagle requirements except his Eagle board of
> review, he may complete the board of review under old requirements
> within the timeframe set forth in the current advancement guide. I
> believe an 18 year old cannot earn additional merit badges.
I think Mike is CLOSE on his information. I think the date he was
thinking of for the BoR Deadline is actually July 1, 1999 - 3 months
after the deadline for completing the requirements.
Here is what I recall:
I would assume the rules will be similar to those for 18 year old
Scouts. Any Scout that completes the current requirements BEFORE April
1, 1999 (or his 18th birthday - whichever is first), may have his Board
of Review after that date. If the BoR is less than 3 months after that
date, there will be NO documentation needed. Between 3 & 6 months after
that date, a Scout would need to include a note (which is sent along to
national with the application) explaining why the BoR was delayed.
After 6 months, permission to hold the BOR must be secured from national
BEFORE the BoR can be held.
I was a District Representative at an Eagle BoR last week that was held
5 months and 30 days after the Scout's 18th birthday. He needed to
submit a letter explaining the delay, which was considered as part of
the BoR process. Had it been 2 days later, we could not have held the
BoR without National approval.
(I believe the rules for 18 year olds are listed on the Eagle
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office - Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
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