Eagle Boards of Review

New EAGLE SCOUTS – November 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (November 2018):

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NOVEMBER 2018 EAGLESThese two Scouts led the completion of over 230 project hours and earned two Eagle Palms between them (one Bronze and one Gold).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

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New EAGLE SCOUTS – October 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (October 2018):

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OCTOBER 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 830 project hours, and three Scouts earned three Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze and 1 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – September 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (September 2018):

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SEPTEMBER 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 1167 project hours, and five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – August 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (August 2018):

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AUGUST 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 747 project hours, and three Scouts earned four Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 1 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – July 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (July 2018):

 

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JULY 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 930 project hours, and the five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – June 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (June 2018):

JUNE 2018 EAGLES

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This group led the completion of nearly 1100 project hours, and three Scouts earned three Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze and 1 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – Spring 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this past April and May:

SPRING 2018 EAGLES

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This group had over 1400 project hours, and seven Scouts earned nine Eagle Palms between them (5 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

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!

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.

Perception and Adaptation

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In some of my reading on other subjects, I ran across some scientific research from the mid-1800’s that I think is fascinating in its potential application to scouting. I am going to go down some complicated paths in this series of articles, so allow me to set the context first.

The View from the Eagle Board

For those of you who have sat on an Eagle Board of Review more than once, you likely can confirm that the following scenario is common.

A 17-year old in full dress scout uniform walks in the door. He is often clean shaven (although beards are increasingly common). He walks erect even if slightly nervous about what he is walking into. He firmly shakes hands with each member of the Board of Review. He answers questions about his Eagle project in great detail. He has pride in his accomplishments. He looks the part of an Eagle Scout already.

As he sits through the Board, the Board members ask the Eagle candidate to reflect on his beginnings in scouting and his growth. The candidate describes his first campout in the rain. He reflects on his anguish and discomfort. He laughs about how those deprivations are nothing compared to the later discomforts of camping in the snow of winter amidst the howling winds. He reflects on what he learned about overcoming obstacles, adapting, and accepting his circumstances.

He has learned that slight discomforts at home are nothing compared to facing the elements and the discomforts Mother Nature offers.

In my role as District Commissioner, the BSA charges me with the primary mission of encouraging Best Practices in our units. In other words, I am responsible for being able to explain to leaders why BSA policies are in the best interest of the unit, its leaders, and its scouts. That does not mean that I agree with each and every policy, but it does mean that I should be able to articulate the rationale in the light most favorable to the BSA’s intent.

For example, I should be able to articulate why units that camp the most are the more successful; why units that allow the boys to experiment with the patrol method with guidance and boundaries from the scoutmaster corps are more successful than units where adult leaders run the program; or why units with Senior Patrol Leaders who work the Patrol Leader Council are more successful than units where Senior Patrol Leaders acts as the patrol-leader-of-all. Read the rest of this entry »