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    • Contact your district or council advancement chairman. You might not like hearing what he/she has to say. But he/she is the one who schedules Eagle boards of review. In general, I have been coming across more 17 year-olds who just don't do paperwork. We had a boy come back to us in consecutive weeks with an incomplete Eagle app. You'd think at SMC #1 when we said, "Go home, look at all of your blue cards, and fill in the dates," he would do that that very evening, call the SM the next day for a signature, and take that paperwork downtown as soon as office hours opened! But, evidently that's not how post-modern nomads operate.
    • Tough one.  They are not allowed to do more than preliminary planning until all signatures - including the District/Council representative - are in place.  The page specifically says that the District/Council approval is last and thus it would not have been provided without the others being present. I say it is a tough one because, based on the information you provided, I would not accept the project.  It is a really tough lesson for a Scout to learn but it was his own mistake.  His SM or Eagle Adviser should have warned him not to do the work but he also should have read and understood the workbook and known he could not start yet. As for how to handle....  Undoubtedly it will come up (either here or within the unit) that he can just get the preapproval signatures now, allow the work that has already been done and continue with the post-project signatures.  In my mind, that is not a valid option - the rules are very clear that work cannot begin until the project is approved.  That would be like accepting work done before a Scout earned First Class to satisfy a requirement that says "while a First Class Scout, do..." Good Luck.  I look forward to reading other opinions and how it turns out.  
    • David might have been referring to current maritime law which I was not sure if I remembered correctly. If so, thank you David for the clarification.
    • I am not sure what law you refer, but the Continental Congress absolutely issued Letters of Marque to attack British ships. In fact, they did so before they even wrote the Declaration of Independence. Which is why British Captains considered any ship under Continental Flag as a pirate and subject to the worst forms of treatment, including hanging, conscription or what amounted to a death sentence on British prison ships. The British did not treat POW's well in many cases, but sailors were often treated worse because of them being considered pirates due to their Letters of Marque.
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