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  1. I am not sure what you mean by "install pre-ordered supplies". Depending on the answer, it might be considered "routine labor", which would not normally qualify as an Eagle service project. Routine labor is described in the Eagle Scout service project workbook and also in the Guide to Advancement 9.0.2.11 Routine Labor. Outside of that, I would recommend The Eagle Scout Service Project sections 9.0.2.0 - 9.0.2.16, which describes the process in detail.
  2. You wouldn't even need to publish the results - just make claims about what the results are.
  3. Me, too. We joined for the character building. Camping and other activities keep the youth interested, but if it becomes just a camping club, then we can do that much cheaper and with no "red tape" on our own.
  4. Because the girls want to earn Eagle. All of the girls I know who are in troops are focused on earning Eagle, and most of them want to earn it ASAP.
  5. Is that different from what is already posted on the BSA's COVID-19 FAQs page? https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/
  6. I think the answer is a little more complicated, and a Scout / leader / merit badge counselor should read all of section 4.2.3.6 before making a decision on whether to double-count an activity or not. For example: So this is why a kayaking merit badge counselor can make a Scout re-do the BSA swim test, even though the Scout might have already qualified as a swimmer the year before or even have earned the swimming merit badge. The paragraph above could also apply to the campout requirements for Second Class and First Class 1a. vs. the camping merit badge. The rank requirements for SC/FC 1a. were rewritten in 2016 in such a way that there might be times when a campout can count towards the camping merit badge, but not count as a campout for SC/FC 1a. For example, if a Scout goes to summer camp and stays in a tent that was pitched by the camp, then it could be counted towards the camping MB, but not be a campout for SC/FC 1a.. The intent seems to have changed a little bit, where SC/FC 1a. seems to be about the Scout gaining some experience putting up / taking down a tent or other shelter, but the camping MB seems to allow for some more flexibility by sleeping "under the sky" or in a tent pitched by the summer camp. So double-counting service hours / service projects for multiple BSA rank requirements, merit badges, or awards can be allowed, but seems to be discouraged. This is a good reminder, IMO. And Scouts / leaders / MBCs also have to be aware that some requirements are written in such a way that they cannot be double-counted. For example: So the 3 conservation service hours done as part of the World Conservation Award cannot be double-counted for rank. So the answer is yes, sometimes. But it depends on safety, the intent behind the requirements, and how the requirements are written.
  7. I use Chrome, and the Organization Security Manager was working for me as of a couple days ago. Have you tried opening your browser in incognito mode? Or clearing your cache and cookies? Edited to add: I just tried it again, and it still seems to be working for me.
  8. If you are using Zoom, there are some things that the host can do to reduce the potential of Zoombombing: Use Zoom's waiting rooms and only let people you know into the Zoom meeting Ask Scouts to use their real first name or nickname so that the host can recognize them Use meeting passwords Remove participants, if needed https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/04/08/zoom-product-updates-new-security-toolbar-icon-for-hosts-meeting-id-hidden/
  9. You could also try asking why the Scout did not attend. Maybe the Scout had a conflicting event (Are some dates/weekends better than others?). Or perhaps the Scout was not interested in the particular activities (Are there other activities that the Scout would be interested in? Has the Scout communicated this to his/her PL?).
  10. @fred8033 The Program Features are available online at: https://troopleader.scouting.org/program-features/ There might be some minor differences, but it's basically the same as the Program Features books. I wish more of the merit badge pamphlets were available as pdfs or Kindle.
  11. BSA COVID-19 FAQ BSA Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities
  12. The BSA's Guide to Advancement outlines the merit badge process in part 7 - The Merit Badge Program. The discussion with the Scoutmaster is a part of the process, but it is not an approval - just an indication that the discussion took place. Please see section 7.0.0.3 The Scout, the Blue Card, and the Unit Leader. Section 7.0.3.0 outlines the Recommended Merit Badge Process. The BSA has put out guidance on how to work on rank advancements and merit badges in its COVID-19 FAQs. The Scoutmaster can sign the blue card in Scoutbook where it says: Initial Unit Leader Signature. Merit badges are for learning about life skills, sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers. I think setting a goal of earning all merit badges is fine - as long as it's the Scout's goal.
  13. Does this Scout have an approved time extension to continue working towards Eagle Scout rank? Or has he already earned Eagle Scout rank and has turned 18? The BSA requires all all Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouting participants 18 years old but not yet 21 years old to complete an adult application, criminal background check disclosure/authorization form, and Youth Protection Training. I believe they require the same of 18-year-olds in troops who have approved time extensions to continue working towards the Eagle Scout rank (although the registration position name and code might be different: Unit Participant vs. Venturing Participant). If the Scout already earned Eagle Scout rank, then I believe he has to register as an Assistant Scoutmaster or Unit College Scouter Reserve with the troop. But I would highly recommend that you talk to your council Registrar about this to make sure that you are following the BSA's YPT and registration rules. For YPT purposes, he cannot tent with a 16 or 17-year-old, because he is legally an adult. Going by the Guide to Safe Scouting, parents do not share tents with their children in older Scout programs (Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts) because they are youth-led programs. You might be able to get an exception to this rule from your Scout Executive and Philmont, but I would ask and get it approved well before your trip.
  14. It looks to me like Scouts can choose either push-ups or pull-ups. Push-up should be no problem if they don't have the equipment to do pull-ups. Personal Fitness MB at usscouts.org
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