The Trail to Eagle Scout is a long journey. The final steps taken from Life to Eagle can be overwhelming and confusing. Just a few things to help your Scouts understand the current process.
The Crossroads of America Council has a webpage devoted to the steps to Eagle. The Eagle Workbook can also be found on this page. https://www.crossroadsbsa.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement/trail-to-eagle/
Going over the Life to Eagle process at least once a year helps to remind both the scouts and the adults of the process.
Signatures. Reminder, to submit an Eagle Project for approval, please make sure that the scouts have ALL signatures except for the District/Council Representative (if you get these signatures by email, make sure to print off all emails and include in email to the Eagle Projects Committee.)
Also, make sure that you have your fund raising application at least filled out before the project meeting. The person who signs your application is NOT a member of the Projects Committee. This is a Council professional. You can send them to Eddie Stahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Olivia Fairchild at email@example.com.
Finally, send your project materials to EagleScoutProposals@gmail.com. This email will ensure that all members of the committee see your proposal and can reach out to you to help you along the way.
ALL EAGLE SCOUTS of the Class year 2020 are ELIGIBLE for the CAC Eagle Scout of the Year and CAC Eagle Project of the Year scholarships. These applications are available online at the CAC website
Has your Scouts shown interest in some of the BSA Awards that we don’t often focus on as a Troop? Here is some information to help with the applications. https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/
Heroism award applications are to be turned into Sara Gormley or Thomas Barrington.
Hornaday applications need to be turned in to the District.
Stem awards – Bob Constidine is available to help with these.
The published guidelines for the methodology of the merit badge program and the role of the merit badge counselor is found in the Guide to Advancement, Section 126.96.36.199. It is important to remember that leaders and merit badge counselors must not make additions or deletions to requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated; however, in some cases, virtual “visits” may fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent cannot be reached virtually, the requirements cannot be completed, and the Scout must wait to complete that badge/requirement. Merit badge counselors signing off on requirements must determine to the best of their ability if the Scout has demonstrated the intended outcome.
All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.
These temporary changes have been approved by National:
Camping Merit Badge – “Virtual Camping”, campouts at home can ONLY be recorded as a unit campout – when it is done in conjunction with a Unit / Troop event. An example would be that the Troop meets for a day hike and then the Scouts return to their homes to camp out for the evening.
Cooking Merit Badge – During this time of Covid restrictions, Merit Badge Counselors and Scouts MAY substitute the word ‘Family’ for ‘Patrol’ in requirement # 5. However, they may NOT change ANY of the other requirements – just that they may prepare these for their ‘Family’ instead of having to wait for Covid restrictions to be lifted.
Ethan F from T72 worked on his Eagle Project with Social Distancing.
Liam B’s Eagle project was to dismantle the Scout bridge at the Indiana State Fair Grounds (prior to April) and then to re-use it to build a new bridge over a creek at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church. The Scout bridge was built in 2010 at the Indiana State Fair Grounds to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America. At the beginning of 2020, the Indiana State Fair Board decided that the bridge would be removed by late April – so they were looking for someone who could dismantle the bridge and use the material.
Liam’s Eagle Project, check all the boxes for the State Fair Grounds and he was given permission to dismantle the bridge. Dismantling of the bridge occurred just as Covid-19 started to move into Indiana. So the dismantled bridge set at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church for several months, until a safe way could be formulated for Liam’s Eagle Project to proceed (which was almost June).
The pictures of the dismantling was pre-covid, and the picture of Liam on the Bridge post construction at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church – was taken by himself, with no one else around.
In-Person Unit Activities
♦ Q: Should we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?
With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings be conducted only within the guidelines outlined by your state and local health department and other local officials, as well as under the direction of your local BSA council and chartered organization. This applies to youth and adults.
Units need to consider:
- State Guidelines
- County and / or local guidelines that may be MORE restrictive (as is the case in Marion County).
- Council Guidelines Reopening-Unit-Meetings-and-Activities (2)
- Chartered Organization Guidelines
- Units Committee Guidelines
- Parents Guidelines
- The Guide to Safe Scouting
It’s a long list. These are complicated times. Be safe and keep on scouting.
Mark you calendars and “be prepared.”
District Committee Meetings and Roundtable Meeting dates will remain the same even with the merger with Del-Mi District.
District Committee Meetings: 1st Thursday of each Month – 7 pm. Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.
Roundtable Meetings: 2nd Thursday. These will be by videoconferencing with a quarterly face-to-face tbd. 7 pm. Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.
We will have a virtual Roundtable on Thursday August 13 at 7:00pm.
Thursday Night’s Roundtable
Primary Focus: The Crazy Fall Season! We will touch on Recruiting, Popcorn, Meetings, Activities.
Reconnect with our returning District Director, Eddie Stahl and meet his district partner, Liv Fairchild
COME WITH YOUR QUESTIONS!
Time: Aug 13, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Please RSVP to Jenny Beyer,NS District Commissioner, for zoom information firstname.lastname@example.org
North Star’s Troop 69 had to get creative.
Their originally scheduled socially distanced CoH was delayed due to thunderstorms. Unfortunately, it was also raining on their rain date! No worries! The Leadership Team and the PLC just moved onto Plan C (be prepared!) and hosted their first ever Drive Through CoH.
While many of us await our Join Night dates being scheduled through the school systems, I would encourage your unit to get an early jump start on your social media presence and communication. We have a number of Packs who have already begun receiving applications through our new online registration platform this month.
Below is an example of what our very own Pack 72 Cubmaster posted on his Nextdoor App neighborhood. He also sent the same message to the Facebook parent group of the school recruits from.
Please note Tucker’s mention of fees at the bottom of his post. We still have a few days to capitalize on families saving $21.00 by registering this week as opposed to next! By his posts earlier this week, Pack 72 has already added 4 new Scouts!!
Leaders in Carmel, Noblesville, and Westfield will be getting information shortly about material distribution.
Leaders in private school or charter school situations, please keep me in the loop. I have reached out to your Principal, but if you have already planned dates or recruiting efforts, we need to know so that we can get your materials ready as soon as possible.
Lastly, CAC has established a new text-to-join capability for getting families engaged and registered. Please promote the below message in all of your unit communications and recruiting efforts as we move through the Fall.
“Text JOIN to 317-813-7125”
Feel free to try it yourself so you can see the benefit and simplicity of using this new tool for recruiting. Quite frankly, this text-to-join feature might be a great way to get families to fill out applications on the night of your join night. You will need to track the parent name and follow up, but we get the application on our end immediately, so we will be able to send you all of the applications collected online thereafter your join night concludes for your approval and recording.
All for now. I know there are still many questions. I appreciate your patience. Feel free to send any recruiting or membership related questions over when you have them. Each Pack needs a plan to be able to onboard new families, especially in the climate we are in this Fall. Let me know how I can help you.
Eddie Stahl | District Director — Del-Mi & North Star Districts