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  1. First a bit of background. -I am an Eagle Scout and I have served as a district advancement chair where I approved Eagle Projects and as well as chaired EBORs, and I currently am a EBOR member for my district and serve on our councils advancement committee. I have reviewed dozens of Eagle projects either on the front end as a district approver or on the back end as a EBOR member. I have seen some really good projects and some that were "eh" at best. I was having a conversation with a fellow leader and his wife about the quality of some of the Eagle projects of late out of our district. I gave them the hypothetical example of a project involving planting a handful of flowers at the base of a flag pole at a volunteer fire department. I told them this would be an acceptable project if a few conditions were met: The candidate gave leadership to two individuals, one scout dug the holes and the other one planted the flowers. Flowers had never been planted at the fire department, so it would not be viewed as routine maintenance It passes the five tests laid out in the G2A during the approval process: The project provides sufficient opportunity to meet the requirement. The project appears to be feasible. Safety issues will be addressed. Action steps for further detailed planning are included. The young man is on the right track with a reasonable chance for a positive experience When you think of an Eagle project this is not what you would normally think of, but with the current rules in the G2A and the Eagle Project Workbook this would have to be an acceptable project. How do you get more out of Eagle projects yet stay within the guidelines that we have to follow? I think one key is with the unit appovers, they need to be urging scouts to do more. But what is "enough" and how do you define that without crossing any of the aforementioned guideline?
  2. Per section of the Guide to Advancement: References: Must list all six (five if not employed). If not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference.
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    Just curious about background

    Agreed, it was founded in 1915 but it did not become a full Boy Scout program until 1948. From oa-bsa.org/about/history,
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    Just curious about background

    My background is I am an Eagle Scout and obtained Brotherhood membership in the OA as a youth. I have not been very active in the lodge as an adult but keep my dues paid. At the unit level I have served as an ASM and troop committee member, for the district I have served in several positions including district commissioner and district program chair, and at the council level I served on the very first venturing committee in our council. I currently serve as a district religious emblems coordinator and a member of the council advancement committee. I do not have any children in the program, though I do have a 6 year old daughter in American Heritage Girls, and to be fully transparent I am also the troop coordinator of our AHG troop. A troop coordinator in AHG is sort of a cross between a BSA committee chair and a scoutmaster or cubmaster, though I delegate most of the program duties in our troop to the vice coordinator. Let me start with the OA changes, these are the simplest for me. The OA was originally organized in 1948 as the Boy Scouts national brotherhood of honor campers (Boy Scouts as in the program, not the BSA corporate organization). In 1998 the OA became Scouting’s National Honor Society and became separate from the Boy Scout program. As the OA is no longer part of the Boy Scout program and is now Scouting’s National Honor Society I have no problem allowing in Venturers and Sea Scouts as youth members. I wish they would allow Venturing Gold Award recipients be eligible as for election, while not many there are some out there who did not pursue the new awards program. And if the Boy Scout, or "Scouts, BSA", program is going to admit girls I have no problem with them being eligible for election. As for girls in the program, this is where it gets a bit complicated for me, and a bit deeper than just girls in the program. I believe the BSA is losing its focus. In 1916 the federal charter of the BSA became law, and here is the purpose it lists for the BSA: Contrast that with the mission statement of the BSA: They are no where close to each other, when I envision how the BSA should be ran, I see the former. The stated purpose is boy focused. Allowing girls in to what I consider the "secondary program" of Venturing and Sea Scouts does not really hinder this focus. But to allow girls in the two premier programs of the organization, I am just afraid the BSA will lose it's focus on boys. How long can the organization drift away from its legal purpose as outlined in its federal charter before its no longer what it was designed to be?
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    District Assistant Position

    Found these on scoutstuff.org http://www.scoutstuff.org/nsearch/?q=district#?q=district&keywords=district&res_per_page=12&search_return=all
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    EBOR question

    Actually Eagle projects are considered troop activities, this changed either with the initial release of the Guide to Advancement in 2011 or with one of its revisions. This is from the 2017 revision:
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    EBOR question

    Just to give an update, the SM had a discussion with the scout and turns out the initial information he received was not quite accurate, the SM has no issues on how the project was carried out and signed off on the project as complete. The SM now understands that Eagle projects are troop functions and should there should be coordination between the scout and the troop.
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    Is Varsity dead?

    Is the Varsity program dead? Both the youth and adult applications as well as the BSA's program site now make no reference to Varsity. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406.pdf https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf https://www.scouting.org/programs/
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    EBOR question

    The SM is planning on having a discussion with the young man and his parents to get there take as the SM only has second hand information. He was told by several scouts that were there that the scout was just a helper and his parents did all of the leading, and the scout had not met the beneficiary until after the project was complete. For the project itself it was a good project, they build several library boxes and installed them in the community. The SM has no problem with the scout earning Eagle, he just wants to make sure the requirements are completed as stated, nothing more, nothing less.
  10. They already have this, IMO they just do a good job of promoting it. There is a ton of material, just not being promoted well. If you go to my.scouting.org and click on My Dashboard, then My Training, and finally on Training Center you will be given Training Courses by Program. Clicking on the program levels you will be given a list of available training. Clicking on the trainings will take you to the BSA Learning Center. Here is what's available, in addition to YPT: Cub Scouts: Boy Scouts: Venturing: Sea Scouts: Exploring: Other:
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    EBOR question

    There is a scout in my district who his SM feels did not satisfactorily complete the eagle project, no leadership demonstrated. The SM still needs to speak with the scout, but let's assume he does not sign the application, and he informs the scout properly of the Eagle Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances procedures in which the scout initiates. And now let's say the EBOR-UDC agrees with the SM and denies the scout and all appeals go against the scout. So here's the question, can the scout do another project and have another EBOR? The reason I ask this is item 10 of section of the G2A states "An Eagle candidate may have only one board of review (though it may be adjourned and reconvened). Subsequent action falls under the appeals process."
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    Merit Badge Worksheets

    From the G2A, Unofficial Worksheets and Learning Aids Worksheets and other materials that may be of assistance in earning merit badges are available from a variety of places including unofficial sources on the Internet and even troop libraries. Use of these aids is permissible as long as the materials can be correlated with the current requirements that Scouts must fulfill. Completing “worksheets†may suffice where a requirement calls for something in writing, but this would not work for a requirement where the Scout must discuss, tell, show, or demonstrate, etc. Note that Scouts shall not be required to use these learning aids in order to complete a merit badge.
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    2017 Guide to Advancement released

    Here is the list that shows what has to be completed by the scouts 18th birthday, if it's not on the list then it can be completed afterwards. Complete All the Requirements Confirm that the following requirements have been completed before the 18th birthday: active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, position of responsibility, service project, and unit leader conference. Note that the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference need not be the last item accomplished. The board of review may be conducted after the 18th birthday. For details, see “Boards of Review,† A candidate must be registered through the time he is completing requirements but need not be registered thereafter or when his board of review is conducted.
  14. The 2017 revision of the Guide to Advancement has been released. No real big changes, other than the separation of Sea Scouts from Venturing, the most welcome changes/clarifications in my mind: Added clarifcation that a Scout must be given credit for active participation time even if a unit takes time off during the summer or any other time of the year Added clarifcation that the Scout must be given credit for time served in a position of responsibility even if a unit takes time off during the summer or any other time of the year. Added clarifcation that a board of review cannot be denied or postponed due to nonrequirement reasons such as uniforming or delinquent dues payments. Added clarifcation that a Scout and his parents or guardians must be informed of the right to a board of review under disputed circumstances. Added clarifcation that board members should recuse themselves if they cannot be fair and impartial. Added that signatures on a Scout’s service project report need not be dated before his 18th birthday. www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
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    Square Knots...Are you game? (Just for fun)

    Let me reformat the list after the forum software upgrade: #1 - Air Scouting/Air Exploring ACE Award Knot #2 - Explorer Silver Award Knot, used for * Explorer/Air Explorer Silver Award * Explorer Achievement Award * Explorer G.O.L.D. Award * Explorer Scout Ranger Award (when its unique knot was dropped early on) * Air Scout/Air Explorer Ace Award (again, when its unique knot was dropped early on) #3 Arrow of Light Knot #4 - Silver World Award Knot #5 - Scoutmaster Award of Merit Knot (also used as or known as) * Varsity Scout Coach Award of Merit * Venturing Advisor Award of Merit * NESA Outstanding Scoutmaster #6 - Eagle Scout Knot #7 - Cubmaster Award Knot #8 - William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award Knot #9 - Tiger Cub Den Leader Knot #10 - Pack Trainer Award Knot #11 - Scouters Key Award Knot #12 - Silver Beaver Award Knot (Also used for the Silver Fawn Award) #13 Scouters Training Award Knot #14 - International Scouter Award #15 - "Youth" Religious Award Knot #16 - Distinguished Commissioner Service Award #17 - Cub Scouter Award Knot #18 - Community Organization Award Knot #19 - William T. Hornaday Award Knot #20 - Heroism Award Knot #21 - George Meaney AFL-CIO Award Knot #22 - Professional Scouter Training Award Knot (Also known as the Professional Circle or Fellowship Honor Knot) #23 - Medal of Merit Knot #24 - Honor Medal Knot (also with Crossed Palms (Very Rare)) #25 - District Award of Merit Knot #26 - Cub Scout Den Leader Award Knot, now known as Den Leader Award Knot #27 - Venturing Silver Award Knot #28 - Silver Antelope Knot #29 - Silver Buffalo Knot #30 - Vale La Pena Award Knot (or Premio por Servicio ScoutingVale la Pena! Service Award Knot) #31 - Asian American Spirit of Scouting Award Knot #32 - William H. Spurgeon Award Knot #33 - Adult religious award Knot #34 - Sea Badge Award Knot (Participant 1 trident, Staff 2 Tridents, Course Director 3 Tridents) #35 - Quartermaster Award Knot #36 - James West Award Knot #37 - Webelos Den Leader Award Knot #38 - OA Distinguished service Award Knot #39 - Whitney Young Service Award Knot #40 - Venturing Leadership Award Knot #41 - Explorer Scout Ranger Award Knot #42 Den Leader Coach Award Knot #43 Skippers Key Award Knot #44 Antarctica Award Knot (Not sure if that was ever official though) #45 - Eagles Scout Knot (NESA Lifetime Member) #46 - Speaker Bank Award Knot #47 - Philmont Training Center Master Track AwardKnot #48 - Doctorate of Commissioner Science Award Knot #49 - Unit Leader Award Knot #50 - Commissioners Award of Excellence Knot #51 - Alumni Award Red #52 - Scouting Service Award