scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: When is an Eagle rank official?
Sun Aug 27 2000 - 15:45:32 CDT
>In my experience, the biggest source of problems is when scouts have
>transferred between different troops/councils and doesn't have proper
>paperwork to back up advancement history.
Agree. Our troop tries to build an entry on every Scout who joins us in our
Troopmaster database. This is REALLY difficult with some of the youth that
join us with virtually no records and blank handbooks. However, let me
suggest an alternative that every Scout could do.
We provide a "red notebook" to all youth that join our troop. In that
notebook there are some "baseball card" pages (you know, the clear plastic
things with nine pockets). Every COH the Scouts are provided their merit
badge cards and either encouraged to put them in their notebook or, if they
have enough cards at a given COH, given another page.
They can then have their own record of years of service, special awards, rank
advancements, merit badges, etc to take with them.
Of course this is over and above insuring that their handbooks are up to date
whenever they come due for a SMC or BOR.
>I was talking with a SM two days ago who has a scout coming up for his
>Eagle BOR. The scouts had been with three troops is three different
>states and no one got any transfer paperwork along the way. He is trying
>to reconstruct some merit badge records with no paperwork at all. The
>scout cannot remember who was the counselor for a couple of them that
>date back over five years.
Easy answer, though more difficult to do, is to simply contact the Councils
that he was a member of and request the information from them. So long as
the youth can identify Troop number and Council, the Council can check the
advancement records and provide the necessary information.
While I haven't had to do this in preparation for an Eagle rank, I have had
to do this for two Scouts joining us as transfers.
Anyway, a couple of thoughts.
BSA Troop 225
Central Florida Council