Benefits of Eagle Rank

November Boy Scout Roundtable: Life to Eagle in North Star

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We will have the members of the North Star District Advancement Committee, Eagle pinspecializing in Eagle issues lead a discussion. The roundtable will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Specifically, Eagle Project Coordinators Rick Aker and Bill Cherry will talk about how boy scouts go about getting their Eagle Projects approved in the District.

Eagle Board of Review Coordinator Jerry Simon will talk about how boards are scheduled, run, and successfully completed.

This topic is ideal for Eagle Candidates, their parents, Troop Key 3 members, Troop Advancement Chairs, Troop Eagle Mentors (scout and scouter), new and old Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and anyone interested in serving on Eagle Boards of Review. Oh, forget it; just anyone.

Come with your questions!

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Unique opportunity for Indiana residents

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Scouting is about citizenship. It is about citizenship in the Community, Nation, and World.

One of the requirements for citizenship in the world includes trying to speak to people from other countries. This is often hard for people in America because, especially in Indiana, we live so far from any borders. With one in five people now an immigrant to our land, it is becoming easier than ever before.

Even so, one of the best skills that a good scout can develop is the ability to communicate in more than one language. For residents of Indiana, we have a unique opportunity for incoming juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from high school. (The main target audience is incoming seniors). It is the Indiana University honors program in foreign languages.

My son and I are both alumni of the program. I studied in France and he studied in Spain. District Chair John Wiebke’s son also participated in Chile at the same time my son was in Spain. As a result we are highly conversant in our second languages.

They are preparing to close out their application season for the Summer 2018 trips. They travel to France, Spain, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Chile, China, and Japan. The students are required to speak exclusively in the host language for six weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity for a complete immersion experience.

Scouts make great candidates for this program because they must undergo an in person interview and demonstrate that they would be good ambassadors for America to the host country. Often this program is dominated by girls. There always eager to get good male applicants.

Well the program is expensive, there are ways to find financial help. Even if you doubt that financial ability will be possible, I still encourage students to apply. Being accepted into the program is an honor in and of itself. It helps raise the applicant’s self assuredness because they are capable of qualifying for such a respectable program.

If your child or a scout in your troop or crew is interested at all in international issues, I would commend this program to your attention.

More Info on Retroactive Eagle Palms

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For those who saw the previous announcement that retroactive Eagle Palms now exist, there were questions about why the rules were written they were.

Now the new rules have been revised.

See this article for more informationeagle-palms-features.

Essentially, more merit badges before Eagle gives more palms.

REMINDER: District meetings

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4th Floor:

  1. Commissioners: 6:00 pm, Room 401
  2. District Committee: 7:00 pm, Room 405

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (except where different below), Luke’s Lodge, outbuilding on Campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St.

1. Youth Protection Training (Y01) (6:30 pm)

2. Boy Scout Roundtable: TBA. Possible topic: path to Eagle.

3. Cub Scout Roundtable: planning your next camp out. Presented by Scouts from Troop 56 and RTC Bill Buchalter. (Great for Pack Programming Chair, Pack Chair, Cubmaster and Den Leaders, especially Webelos Den Leaders). Tents and gear explained.

4. Rechartering breakout for Unit Rechartering Coordinators. How to rechartering. Changes to system.

Adults Wearing Eagle Pins

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Since a refrain at an Eagle Court of Honor is “once an Eagle, alway an Eagle,” can adult Eagles wear their Eagle Scout Pin?

We all know that the Eagle Scout patch should be retired from a scout uniform, when the scout turns 18 and becomes an Assistant Scoutmaster. He then can wear the Eagle knot for the rest of his life.

But can the adult wear his Eagle Pin to an Eagle Court of Honor.

Bryan on Scouting tried to address this in 2014. Unfortunately, his article was slightly incorrect. I met Bryan at National Jamboree this past summer. Having read his material for years, I can vouch that he does his research thoroughly, and his personality in person is very humble and self-effacing. Consequently, I believe his error is less a lack of diligence than a lack of clarity in the scouting literature.

Simply put, the Boy Scout Insignia Guide allows an adult to wear the pin for “formal Eagle occasions.”

Eagle Pin Insignia rule
Excerpt from Insignia Guide

So if we are trying to make sure that a new Eagle Scout feels part of a larger circle of scouts and scouters, we can encourage all Eagles to wear their pins to the Eagle Court of Honor.

This accomplishes two key goals, among many others. First, it allows the new Eagle Scout, the non-scouting visitors, and the newer scouts to see the people who are Eagles more clearly. The men whom they respect wear the pin. Second, it allows more people to identify the Eagle knot. This means that some of the mystery of an adult’s uniform is removed. With greater real recognition, more adults may seek the company of existing Eagles as mentors in scouting, and more youth will seek to join their company as fellow Eagle Scouts.

Eagle Knot
Eagle Knot (without either palms or border indicating lifetime NESA membership)

Congratulations to 2016 NESA Scholarship winners

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The National Eagle Scout Association (“NESA”) has posted the winners of their 2016 scholarship winners for the Central Region. Congratulations to the three Crossroads of America Council recipients.Eagle pin

2016 NESA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
CENTRAL REGION

 

NAME COUNCIL NAME COUNCIL CITY/STATE

$25,000 Cooke Academic Scholarship

Alex Wolff Glaciers Edge Council Madison, WI

$3,000 NESA Academic Scholarships

Marc Berkowicz Three Fires Council St. Charles, IL
Chris Coraggio Crossroads of America Council Indianapolis, IN
Jacob Danek Crossroads of America Council Indianapolis, IN
Jack Gibfried Ozark Trails Council Springfield, MO
Nathaniel Helgeson Heart of America Council Kansas City, MO
Colm Kilcoin Great Lakes FSC Detroit, MI
Joseph Miller-Davis Erie Shores Council Toledo, OH
Jacob Quigley Rainbow Council Morris, IL
Michael Rushka Crossroads of America Council Indianapolis, IN
Gabriel Small Northeast Illinois Council Highland Park, IL
Adam Smith Bay-Lakes Council Appleton, WI
Zachary Utecht President Gerald R. Ford Council Grand Rapids, MI
Ryan Wagner Heart of America Council Kansas City, MO

$2,500 Cooke Academic Scholarships

Robert Agle Simon Kenton Council Columbus, OH
Benjamin Ashby Lewis & Clark Council Belleville, IL
Alexander Burroughs Heart of America Council Kansas City, MO
Renaud Chauret Sagamore Council Kokomo, IN
Kevin McMahon Gamehaven Council Rochester, MN
Connor Polodna Gamehaven Council Rochester, MN
Shane Redman Blackhawk Area Council Rockford, IL
Cameron Reed Greater Cleveland Council Cleveland, OH
Tevis Robinson Buckskin Council Charleston, WV
Evan Routhier Bay-Lakes Council Appleton, WI
Dylan Subrin Blackhawk Area Council Rockford, IL
Joseph Switala Water and Woods Council Flint, MI
Mathew Townsley Illowa Council Davenport, IA

$5,000 Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarships

Cole Branson Great Rivers Council Columbia, MO
Brian Coe Three Harbors Council Milwaukee, WI
Samuel Gentle Northern Star Council St. Paul, MN
Kenneth Kelley Dan Beard Council Cincinnati, OH
John Kloser Three Harbors Council Milwaukee, WI
Christopher Kreienkamp Gateway Area Council La Crosse, WI
John Rosher Heart of America Council Kansas City, MO
Brice Steiner Simon Kenton Council Columbus, OH
Eric Tabaka Glaciers Edge Council Madison, WI

$4,000 Bailey Merit Scholarship

Kyle Kolash Bay-Lakes Council Appleton, WI

$2,500 Palmer Merit Scholarship

Austin Arenz Bay Lakes Council Appleton, WI

$2,500 Michael S. Malone/Windrush Publishers Journalism Scholarship

Justin Curto Heart of America Council Kansas City, MO

© 2017 The National Eagle Scout Association | Boy Scouts of America | National Eagle Scout Association

 

Troop 358 has 3 new Palms

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I attended last Monday’s Court of Honor for Troop 358 in Zionsville. The troop award an Eagle Scout medal, various rank advancements, merit badges, and Wood Badge beading for OA Advisor Mark Pishon, ASM Chuck Bricker, and ASM David Guzman.

The most unique part of the ceremony to my eyes was the award of three Eagle Palms. The first was for a bronze palm (the first palm awarded for 5 merit badge and 3 months leadership service after receiving Eagle). The second was for a scout’s silver palm (the third palm awarded for 15 merit badges and 9 months service after Eagle). The last was a second Silver Palmeagle-palms-features

Think about that. A second Silver Palm for one scout. That means that he has served in his troop for 18 months as a leader after his Eagle Board of Review and earned an additional 30 merit badges in addition to the required 21 merit badge for Eagle Scout. Only 1/10th of 1% of Eagles earn a Silver Palm. To earn two Silver Palms is extraordinarily rare. (I cannot find the stats.)

Shown above from left: Matthew Heath, second Silver Palm; Josh Sheppard, first Silver Palm; John Heath, first Bronze Palm. All are White Stag/NYLT trained and have served on staff, too. 

Congratulations to each of these three worthy scouts and to Scoutmaster Jim Beck and Troop 358 for providing such a rewarding environment that Eagle Scouts stay actively involved in the troop.

Scholarships and Recognition for Eagle Scouts

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While we all know that scouting is more than just the attainment of Eagle, earning the Eagle rank does offer some perks.

First, the Council has several Council-wide scholarships or recognitions. Take a look at the Council website for more information. Many have deadlines in the next 30 days. District Advancement Chair Mark Pishon reports that new forms for those programs were just issued.

The John Price Scholarship is named for the late Judge John Price who sat on the Marion County Municipal then Superior Courts bench for many years. He was an avid member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and Crossroads of America Council. I had the honor of knowing him from court and Kiwanis. His grandsons were recently members of a North Star Troop.

Second, Eagle Scouts who enlist in the military automatically are promoted upon completion of basic training. Here is some information about the Marine Corps version.

Third, many scholarship programs and recognitions are available at the local, state, and national levels. More exist than I can count.

The most famous scholarships are the National Eagle Scout Association scholarships.

Many other programs not officially seeking Eagle Scouts look favorably on Eagle Scouts, so look everywhere!