Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Safety Merit Badge
Re: Safety Merit Badge
Paul S. Wolf
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 23:45:47 -0400
Settummanque, the blackeagle - Mike L. Walton wrote:
> Under the PRESENT advancement procedures, a Life Scout has a short
> period (it MAY be up to three months) AFTER he turns 18 before a
> "waiver" from the National Court of Honor, through the local
> Council, has to be obtained.
It's actually 6 months.
> Therefore, in the absence of any
> PRESENT instruction covering how the "lapover" between Scouts
> completing everything but the Board of Review using the OLD
> (present) requirements and the NEW set of requirements to go into
> effect 1 April, I *attempted* to count past the time period in
> order to get that Scout in there to participate in a Board of
> I've given the Scout ONE MONTH because I'm not sure what the
> National Court of Honor would give.
I think they will use the procedure we've been discussing, but NOBODY
knows for sure, yet.
> Paul Wolf wrote in response:
> >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.
> Exactly what I remembered too....
> >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.
> This is all found in the BSA's Advancement Procedures booklet, on
> page 14. However, the "time periods" that Paul, Bruce Coburn and I
> all remember are NOT LISTED in the 1996 edition of the Advancement
> Procedures Booklet (the one I have in my four-pounder). Is the time
> period listed in the 1997 edition, guys??
My recollections were correct. Here is what the 1998 BSA Advancement
Policies and Procedures Book (#33088A) says (on page 16):
(ALL CAPS in the next paragraph denotes BOLD PRINT in the book)
SCOUTS 18 OR OLDER. Scouts who have completed all requirements for a
rank prior to their 18th birthday should submit their application and be
reviewed and recognized within three months after that date. FOR EAGLE
SCOUT 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 RANK APPLICATION WHEN IT IS
SUBMITTED TO THE EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE. If an Eagle Scout board of review
will be held after the six months following the candidate's 18th
birthday, the Eagle Scout must petition the National Boy Scout Committee
for an extension of time to hold the board of review. The petition must
be processed through the local council, detailing the extenuating
circumstances that prevented the board of review from being held within
the six-month period following the candidate's 18th birthday, and be
accompanied by a copy of the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
The current Application form (No. 58-728 - 1998 edition) has the
AGE REQUIREMENT ELIGIBILITY. Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle
Palms may be earned by a registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout. He may
earn these awards until his 18th birthday. Any Explorer who achieved
the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a
team may continue working for the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks and
Eagle Palms while registered as an Explorer up to his 18th birthday.
Scouts and Explorers who have completed all requirements prior to their
18th birthday may be reviewed within three months after that date with
no explanation. For boards of review conducted between three and six
months after the candidate's 18th birthday, a statement by an adult
explaining the reason for the delay must be attached to the Eagle Scout
Rank 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.
Note the book doesn't say who writes the "... STATEMENT EXPLAINING THE
REASON FOR THE DELAY ...". However, the application form says "... a
statement BY AN ADULT explaining the reason for the delay ..."
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
Advancement Webmaster, US Scouting Service Project (www.usscouts.org)