Advancement

Updates on Eagle extentions and more – from Byron on Scouting

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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.

During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes:

  • Time extensions for qualifying Scouts and Venturers working on the Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards. Local councils will have the authority to grant this extension through the end of September 2020.
  • The ability to accept electronic signatures for rank advancement and award applications — effective now through the end of September 2020.
  • An option to complete Scoutmaster conferences via videoconferencing. (Section 4.2.3.5 of the Guide to Advancement says Scoutmasters “should not” conduct Scoutmaster conferences online; it doesn’t say “must not.” The new COVID-19 guidance clarifies that this practice is OK, as long as Youth Protection rules are followed.)
  • An option for parents or other adults in a Cub Scout’s family to sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements — effective now through the end of July 2020.
  • An option for Scoutmasters to allow time missed during the COVID-19 outbreak to count toward requirements for participation and positions of responsibility.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Time extensions for Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards

Normally granted only in rare circumstances, the BSA and its local councils will allow extensions for Life Scouts needing more time to finish their Eagle Scout requirements. The authority for councils to grant this extension is effective immediately and continues through Sept. 30, 2020.

Extensions also are available for Venturers needing to finish Summit Award requirements and Sea Scouts needing to finish Quartermaster Award requirements beyond their 21st birthday.

These extensions are reviewed case by case, and not all Scouts will qualify. To get an extension through a local council, Scouts must meet the following requirements:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the Guide to Advancement.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application.
  4. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st.
  5. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete Youth Protection training. Their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  6. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

A note for council administrators: Once the council approves an extension, the council’s administrator will need to go into Member Manager to activate the COVID-19 extension. This will automatically add the three-month extension and allow the youth to continue working past their 18th/21st birthdays. (They’ll still need to be registered as UP/VP after “aging out.”) This flag will then show on the member’s profile.

For more guidance for Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts advancement, read the complete FAQs.

Eagle Board of Review Report – February 2020

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in February 2020.

Graham W. Troop 514, Graham’s project was improving the drainage at St Vincent DePaul’s garden.
Liam K. Troop 180 , Liam’s project was taking down and rebuilding garden beds at St Richard’s Episcopal School.
Peter C. Troop 18, Peter’s project was to clear an area for a bench and free library for Munsee Circle
Alex R. Troop 343, Alex’s project was extending the fencing at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Woodrow M. Troop 174, Woodrow’s project was the improvement by adding outdoor play equipment at St Luke’s Preshool.
Dylan D. Troop 514. Dylan’s project was building a new shelter for the STEM Connection.
Congratulations Scouts!

Eagle Board of Review Report – November

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in November, 2019.

Chris Luciani Troop 358 – Chris’ Eagle project was building an engraved brick walkway in Whitestown honoring veterans.
Nicholas Sadenwater Troop 343 – Nicholas’ Eagle project involved restoring the outdoor lab area at Pike High School.
Louis Gachotte Troop 18 – Louis’ Eagle project was landscaping a “Catio” – Cat Patio at FACE.
Jon Matutes Troop 18 – Jon’s Eagle project involved creating a middle school band mentoring program for Washington Township schools.
Justin McQuiston Troop 269 – Justin’s Eagle project was building a frisbee golf course and updating the firepit at The Fitness Farm.
Matt Hurley Troop 180 – Matt’s Eagle project was to build a walkway to a nature preserve near St Peters Methodist Church.
Kyle Booth Troop 343 –  Kyle’s Eagle project was to build a soccer passback and benches at Giesle.
Congratulations Scouts!

Roundtable November 14, 7 pm – topic: Life to Eagle

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THE NS EAGLE ADVANCEMENT TEAM will be the hosts for the November Roundtable this Thursday (November 14 th ) at Luke’s Lodge on the campus of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86 th Street. 7pm.
NorthStar Advancement Chair Mike Yates, Eagle Projects Chair Rick Aker and Eagle
Board Chair Mike Smith will be on hand to discuss the most successful routes to becoming an Eagle Scout.
All Scout leaders, mentors, prospective Eagle candidates and parents are encouraged to attend and get the most up to date information on the Eagle process.
Please also note a change to how to contact our Eagle Projects Team. Instead of using the individual email addresses of our team, please send your requests for meetings to NorthStarEagleProjects@gmail.com. This will allow anyone on the team to respond and setup a project approval meeting.

 

 

Eagle Board of Review Report – October

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in October, 2019.

Walter Perkins Troop 73 whose Eagle project was creating native bird cutouts for Marian University’s Eco lab.
Garret Malmborg Troop 358 whose Eagle project was replacing the exterior doors at the Caring Center of Noblesville,
Clark Garrison Troop 18 whose Eagle project was building a soccer shed for St Theodore Catholic High School.
Patrick Ryan Troop 18 whose Eagle project was replacing tree tags and plaques at Holiday Park
Congratulations Scouts!

Advancement Reporting

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CALLING ALL UNITS!

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR ADVANCEMENT REPORTS!

Reminder: Advancement Reports should be turned in to the office on a regular basis.  The preferred timeline is monthly.  We recognize that this can be difficult for some Units.

However, we are making a plea for all Advancements for the year 2019 be turned in by Dec. 31.  This will help with our District records, keeping your Scout’s Advancements on track, and the Lange Challenge.

New Cub Scout Adventures

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Cub Scout Preview Adventures are new elective adventures for Cub Scouts.  During the preview period these adventures will be under evaluation and possible revision. It will be determined how much interest there is, based on several factors. Successful previews will be considered to be included in the next edition of the Cub Scout handbooks.

These adventures count toward advancement just like other elective adventures. Here you will find the requirements, den meeting plans, and program resources.

Preview Adventure recognition items are purple in color for all ranks to signify they are in preview mode. Adventure loops and pins for preview adventures can only be purchased online at ScoutShop.org.

The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure

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In partnership with the Barbara Sinatra Foundation we are proud to present the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure.  This adventure is designed to provide your Cub Scouts information on how to Recognize, Respond, and Report abuse as part of the BSA’s Personal Safety Awareness program.

 

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This adventure is available for all Cub Scouts.Lion badgeTiger Badge   

It may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank.  (Lion’s do not earn Cyber Chip).  If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement, it may not be used as an elective adventure towards that badge of rank.

Yo-Yo Preview Adventure

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In partnership with Duncan Toys, we are proud to present the Yo-Yo Preview Adventure.  This adventure develops eye-hand coordination and teaches fundamental concepts of gravity, motion, and energy.

 

Final Yo Yo Preview Adventure Loop

This adventure is available for the following ranks:  

Merit Badge Counselor Update

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From Kevin Neese, NS Training Chair – Merit Badge Counselors for North Star District.
The new list is complete and will be updated periodically.  Scouts can ask their SM for the list of North Star MBC
 If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Reminder – New Eagle project workbook available

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New Eagle project workbook available

https://bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/
— Read on bobwhiteblather.com/new-eagle-project-workbook-available/

UPDATE: A copy of the 2019 version may also be downloaded from here.

PLEASE NOTE: it cannot be read by Apple’s Preview. You must have a free copy of Adobe Acrobat ver. 9.0 or higher to open it. See bobwhiteblather.com’s link above for more information.