Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Eagle Requirement Change Question
Re: Eagle Requirement Change Question
Bruce E. Cobern
Mon, 8 Feb 1999 09:13:18 -0500
> From: Steven R. Crawford <src@ODU.EDU>
> Date: Monday, February 08, 1999 8:14 AM
> All requirements and the Scoutmaster Conference must be completed
> April 1, 1999.
This is correct.
> The Board of Review must be successfully conducted before
> May 1, 1999 as well as all paperwork turned in.
This is a reasonable goal, but what do they intend to do with a Scout
who has completed all his requirements by 4/1/99 but does not have his
board within that month? In my conversation with John Dalrymple at
national, when I asked the question about time to hold the board, he
indicated there was no "drop dead" date for holding the board. Rather,
he indicated that the 18th birthday guidelines would probably be the
most logical to use. That would mean that a board, using the old
requirements, could be held until 7/1/99 without any explanation being
required. Between 7/1/99 and 10/1/99 the board could be held and an
explanation submitted to national with the application. Using these
guidelines, after 10/1/99 permission would be required from national
before a board could be held still using the old requirements. Based
on the discussion, I believe that national will be even MORE flexible
with this "deadline" than with the boards after the 18th birthday.
Therefore, I would suggest that your advancement chairman inquire from
national before telling a Scout who completed all the requirements
prior to 4/1 that he now must switch to the new requirements because
his board was not held by 5/1. I believe national would instruct the
council to hold the board.
> What will happen if the
> BOR is not successful, I do not know and I do not want to have to
> about that.
That is probably the one remaining unanswered question in this
conversion. Hopefully, I won't have to answer that question, because
if everyone has been doing their job during this Scout's career,
whether he is successful or not should really never be a question.
> Normally (in my council at least), you have three months after you
> years of age to complete the BOR, so this is a temporary departure to
> everyone on the same page quickly, but fairly.
Except that national has indicated to me that they will probably apply
the same time table to this "deadline" as they do to the 18th birthday.
Bruce E. Cobern
Advancement Chairman, Founders District
Queens Council, NY