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  1. So disregarding the troll, and returning to the thread ... did this ever get launched? I still haven't seen requirements published ...
  2. Spun from an older thread on Gold Stars for unit flags, this young man earned his Eagle in 2005 in my district. }- Quoted from Northeast Illinois Council release: I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Joey Dimock in Afghanistan last week. Joey is the son of Joe Dimock, Committee Chairman of Troop 672, and unit commissioner to pack 37. More information on Joey is below: Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock, II, 21, Eagle Scout with a bronze palm from Troop 672 of Wildwood, Ill., was killed when an explosion occurred in an ammunition holding facility during an inventory. Th
  3. with apologies for resurrecting such an old thread ... http://www.scouting.org/relationships/05-961/onmyhonor.pdf is now a broken link, and the sheet music appears to have vanished off the national website. On my Honor doesn't even appear in the list of recommended hymns in their Scout Sunday resources any more. Does someone have this PDF that could be shared, or a location to find it online, or any source for the sheet music (preferably with 4-part harmony)? Thanks!
  4. Bumping this thread up again as we approach Memorial Day. I have had a couple of good conversations with a District professionals from a few councils, a national executive staff member, and with National President John Gottschalk this year -- I keep on pushing for a top down renewal of this unit recognition, but until it comes, grass roots is doing quite nicely. Here's hoping no one has any need for this recognition, but I know otherwise. My offer still stands -- I will help anyone who needs it, any way I can, and I will travel as my schedule allows to attend whatever you
  5. I have one of those somewhere in my box of treasures ... Calico is exactly right -- What you have is an Order of the Arrow 75th Anniversary Service Award. There were some requirements for Arrowmen to earn this award, and it was available for one year only -- 1990. The program was later developed into a more-or-less annual service award. Because the award is reasonably recent in Scouting history, there were a lot of them made, but it is difficult to find someone who is willing to part with theirs, so when sold they can get a fair price for something that is not even close to bein
  6. Owl, How in the world did I miss this post? I'm no regular poster (twenty-something posts in ~6 years!) but I keep pretty close track on most everything in the Scouting world related to Gold Stars on my continuing crusade to get this unit recognition the awareness and support infrastructure it deserves. Thanks so much for your work on this cause! As mentioned somewhere in the previous thread on this topic, I also have a ceremony that we did some years ago -- and very happy to share, and help anyone else that finds themselves in need ... Just let me know!
  7. Have received information matching the points Bacchus gave: The math and science bronze is a new 6th bronze award -- there are no changes to other existing Venturing awards. It is the first BSA advancement program designed and developed entirely by youth. Requirements are consistent with other bronze awards. The award goes beyond personal skill in the subject areas to include service requirements to other people, related to the subject area (such as tutoring or mentoring). No specific timeline was given for rollout -- just "soon". No draft of requirements was given.
  8. Much to my surprise, one of my young men asked me recently why we always go to summer camp in the same location, and what it would take to go someplace different. My smile stretched so wide it might have come off my face on the edges! Now they want guidance and resources (and I want them to have a positive experience!) Being the generation they are, they expect to go online in 10 minutes and find a unified listing of every summer camp within 500 miles with camper reviews and ratings, lists of MB's and programs offered, and be able to make a choice for summer of 2010 all in the space o
  9. This one shouldn't be that hard ... from the 2008 requirements for the rank of Eagle: "5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The proj�ect plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 18-927, in meeting this
  10. wow ... so much emotion on this! Glad I'm joining late - hopefully everyone's cooled off. (and hopefully the degree to which I am apalled by this won't reignite any personal conflicts). A couple of thoughts ... 0> when the BoR approved him, it was all over -- anything past that point is just academic conversation. Pending a couple of rubber stamps, the young man is an Eagle Scout as of the date of that BoR. 1> I highly recommend a copy of the "Advancement Committee Guide Policies and Procedures" for folks who want to be involved in this -- it's available through sc
  11. In Scouting Magazine this month (p.24) there is a brief blurb about "The Scout Executive's Active Outdoor Challenge." It reads: "Requirements for the patch are simple: 'Get your Scouts outside and active for 12 monthly activities.' Any active outdoor activity qualifies, for eample: sailing kayaking, climbing, backpacking, orienteering, rollerblading, caving, sledding -- anything that gets Scouts outside and moving. Service projects, camporees, and summer camp do not qualify. When a pack, troop, or crew completes 12 consecutive monthly activities and a leader turns in a form, each y
  12. finally moving towards getting online ... some resources, including a sample ceremony script are now posted at http://home.comcast.net/~ilduncans Please let me know if there is anything we can do to assist ...
  13. Thanks, Owl! I was out camping this weekend and thought I should have done this before I left, so was happy to see that you were a step ahead of me. On a related note, with the assistance of key professionals in my council, have made some headway in getting this some visibility with the national office ... *cheer* ... a few more years of patient persistence, and who knows what may happen?
  14. Certainly the loss of a Scouter is no less. (hopefully nothing above was interpreted as suggesting that!) From my research in fall of 2003, the interpretation of "member" was any current or former registered youth or adult. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no further clarification in any BSA publication. I have written a proposal to clarify and revitalize this unit recognition, and worked through my local council professional staff to get it on the table with the National Executive Staff, but of course the national council does not turn these sorts of ideas around very quick
  15. fascinating thread ... You've managed to get all the current ones I know of ... only one comment on the final list ... #43 -- Skipper's key -- is actually just a device (Sea Scout) on the Scouters Key (#11) -- the green and white knot is common with the Scoutmaster's Key, Coach's Key (Varsity), Advisor's Key (Venturing), Commissioner's Key, District Key, Cubmaster's Key (prior to 1979), Advisor's Key (Exploring, back when ...) On the question of Pack Trainer -- stay tuned. If not already in process in your council, there is presently being rolled out a new position "Unit Trainer",
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