Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Safety Merit Badge
Re: Safety Merit Badge
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:17:00 +0000
Paul Wolf was right on the money...but he didn't know why I chose 1
>then Stu Estrade wrote:
>> Mike, please explain where the May 1 date comes from.
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. 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.
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??
Here's EXACTLY what my booklet states:
(page 14, Time Extensions)
"If a Scout or an Explorer foresees that he will be unable to
complete the requirements for the Eagle rank prior to his 18th
birthday, he may file a petition in writing with the National Boy
Scout Committee THROUGH THE LOCAL COUNCIL for special permission to
continue to work toward the award after reaching age 18. The
petition also may be filed by the unit leader or unit committee.
The petition must show *good and sufficient evidence and detail
extenuating circumstances* that prevented the boy from completing
the requirements prior to his 18th birthday. EXTENUATING
CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DEFINED AS CONDITIONS OR SITUATIONS THAT ARE
TOTALLY BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE SCOUT OR EXPLORER.
If circumstances should also prevent a Scout or an Explorer from
requesting the extension before he is 18, it is still permissible
to ask for the extension, detailing the extenuatubg circumstances
that prevented him from completing the requirements and from
requesting the extensionbefore age 18. A limited extension may be
granted by the National Boy Scout Committee."
(the stars are my emphasis; the caps is the BSA's and reflect BSA
So, I was giving the Scout ONE more month after the "conversion" to
get Eagle, even though that time period *could be* as long as four
or five months.
Hope that helps to clear up why I pulled "May 1, 1999" out of the
sky...and thanks, Paul!!
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