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TRANSITIONING TO NEW REQUIREMENTS
Q: When can boys start using the new requirements?
A: The new requirements become effective on January 1, 2016, subject to some transition exceptions (see below) and cannot be used for advancement prior to that date.
The requirements are being released ahead of time to give Scouts and their leaders an opportunity to review upcoming changes and prepare for them.
Q: Do all youth have to switch to the new requirements on January 1?
A: No. Boys registered in a troop on or prior to December 31, 2015 may choose to switch on January 1, 2016. For those who choose not to switch right away, here are the rules:
- Boys registered in a troop on or before December 31, 2015, who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class may continue to work using the old requirements through 2016, but they must convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
- Boys registered in a troop on or before December 31, 2015, who have completed First Class may complete the rank they are currently working on with the old requirements through 2016, but then must convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
- Any boy registering in a troop for the first time on or after January 1, 2016 must use the new requirements.
Beginning January 1, 2017, new requirements must be used for all ranks earned.
Q: So is there a definitive deadline after which ranks cannot be earned using the current requirements?
A: Yes. That deadline is December 31, 2016. That is the last day to sign off requirements using the old requirements.
Q. Suppose a youth is in the middle of a rank on December 31, 2016, and now has to finish that rank using the new requirements. Will he have to “start over” and repeat all of the requirements for that rank?
No, not all of the requirements – only any new requirements and any new elements of requirements.
- If the wording of rank requirement has not changed and that requirement was signed off on or prior to December 31, 2016, approval of those requirements should be transferred to the corresponding new requirements. For Tenderfoot to First Class, this may include approvals that were previously listed in a different rank.
- When rank in progress has new requirements (or new elements of requirements) that were not in a previously completed rank under the current (2015) requirements, those new requirements or elements will need to be completed in 2017 and beyond.
Q: Will a new handbook be released for use with the new requirements?
A: Yes, the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, which includes the new requirements, will be available by January 2016.
Q: Will every Scout need to acquire a new handbook in order to have requirements signed off?
A: No. A Scout may continue to use his existing handbook as a reference and resource. However, he should also have a list of the new requirements for the purpose of sign-offs. An insert for the old handbook is expected to be available for download from www.scouting.org. It should be noted that there will be other content updates beyond requirement changes in the new Boy Scout Handbook, which may make the purchase of a new handbook desirable by many.
Both Scouts and parents are empowered to take control of
advancement progress through our Troop subscription.
Go to www.scoutbook.com
Once your reach First Class, please note that your Scoutmaster Conferences are handled by the lead Scoutmaster of Troop 507. This is done by appointment, on times other than Monday meetings, usually at your residence, with a parent present and in full Class A uniform.
First Class and Star Scouts are expected to attend NYLT or equivalent leadership training class at their earliest availability. This aids the Scout with leadership skills that can be put to the test, in their upcoming required leadership roles. Ask the Scoutmaster to recommend you to attend and find out when these courses are offered.
Life Scouts should attend an Eagle Seminar and would benefit from attending Eagle Week during the summer. The ideal time is around the Life Board of Review. The purpose of attending is that next steps are outlined. The trail to Eagle is long and you want to know the following. It will save you a lot of time and aggravation:
- Life Scout Responsibilities
- Limits on Parents Adults
- Eagle Requirements
- Eagle Leadership Project Proposal write-ups
- Eagle Leadership Project Proposal process
- Approval Process by Flintlock District Advancement Committee
- Eagle Project Detailed Plan (not approved)
- Eagle Leadership Project completion process
- Eagle Application
- Eagle Board of review requests
- Youth Protection
- BSA Safety (sweet 16)
- Eagle Application
- Requesting a Board of Review
- Additional reference material
Eagle Scouts should start to write their proposal using the October 2015 (or newer, when available) workbook version. The current application and workbook may be found on the links of the new Council website. Use the link http://www.scoutspirit.org/eagle-scout-info/
Your first step in getting a proposal started is to run your idea past other adults, including your Scoutmaster. If the idea makes sense and follows guidelines, you will be asked to put your thoughts in writing, in the most current Eagle Project Workbook. It does not matter who comes up with the idea for an Eagle Project, so long as it is something that meets the guidelines.
The second step in your project development is to talk to the beneficiary of the project, to incorporate their ideas and get their okay. In some cases, further permission is needed from the local building department, conservation department, owner of the property etc. Think the project out, as if this was something that you were going to do as part of a business plan an approach a bank for funding. Your proposal must be sound and thorough in order to be approved.
Your third step in the process is to approach your Scoutmaster again , and request a meeting, at your home, NOT AT A MONDAY MEETING, with a parent present, to meet youth protection guidelines, to discuss your written proposal. I know this may be frustrating, but your Scoutmaster can guide you on your path and help you to move along the process. Remember, at least 1/2 of the process is getting to the approval stage, which is only made by the Flintlock Advancement Chair or his designee. If your Scoutmaster approves of your project he will either sign your paperwork and move to the next stage or ask you to further develop your plan and schedule another meeting when completed.
Upon signature of the Scoutmaster, contact the Troop Committee Chair for a meeting of the Advancement Chair(s) and other adults that are familiar with Eagle Project proposals. If they agree that the Scoutmaster has done a thorough job, the Committee Chair will sign your paperwork. Please be advised, the Troop 507 Eagle Review Board sometimes asks for more detail on the project before they are comfortable in signing your proposal.
Mr. Quigley, Flintlock Advancement Chair handles Eagle Project approval, after workbooks are signed off by the Troop Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair and the sponsor/recipiant of the project. The Scout can contact Mr. Quigley directly (EMAIL MUST CC ANOTHER ADULT, PER YOUTH PROTECTION GUIDELINES) for every step of the process, prior to contacting Mr. Quigley or before. Please do not make this a problem. FYI, if you use Scoutbook,com, for contacting Troop contacts, your parent is automatically cc’ed). Mr. Quigley reads your PDF workbook submission, usually within 48 hours. He will contact you when he has reviewed. Please note, almost always he will need the fundraising application as part of your submission.
After your proposal is signed off by Mr. Quigley, AND ONLY AFTER HE SIGNS OFF, YOU MAY START WORK ON YOUR PROJECT. All the prep work to get to his signature, is considered part of the project, but DOES NOT CONSTITUTE PERMISSION TO START YOUR WORK ON PROJECT. Please follow this procedure!
Upon completion of your Eagle project, you need to again get signatures. They include, in this order, the beneficiary, Scoutmaster, and the Troop Committee Chair.
asking that when signing the eagle application, you make sure the candidate knows the following:
Need an Board of Review Request - (found at: scoutspirit.org/eagle-scout-info/)
Complete all the documents listed on board of review form… it is a great checklist!
Contact the eagle application coordinator Gini Shervin, (pronounced "Gee Knee", and it is not short for Virginia) volunteer for the Flintlock District, Spirit of Adventure Council.
Gini will want to schedule a 20 minute phone call for the scout to check certain things in the paperwork. Copies of your proposal should be made AFTER this phone call.
Gini will tell scout where to turn in paperwork, sometimes meeting her, and sometimes using a dead drop. Gini Shevrin, 781-863-5447, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Steps of Advancement
A Boy Scout advances from Tenderfoot to Eagle by doing things with his patrol and his troop, with his leaders, and on his own. It’s easy for him to advance if the following four opportunities are provided for him.
The Boy Scout learns. A Scout learns by doing. As he learns, he grows in ability to do his part as a member of the patrol and the troop. As he develops knowledge and skill, he is asked to teach others; and in this way he begins to develop leadership.
The Boy Scout is tested. A Scout may be tested on rank requirements by his patrol leader, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, a troop committee member, or a member of his troop. The Scoutmaster maintains a list of those qualified to give tests and to pass candidates. The Scout’s merit badge counselor teaches and tests on the requirements for merit badges.
The Boy Scout is reviewed. After a Scout has completed all requirements for a rank, he has a board of review. For Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Palms, the review is conducted by members of the troop committee. The Eagle Scout board of review is conducted by the Council Advancement Committee.
The Boy Scout is recognized. When the board of review has certified a boy’s advancement, he deserves to receive recognition as soon as possible. This should be done at a ceremony at the next troop meeting. The certificate for his new rank may be presented later at a formal court of honor.
Advancement, a journey, not a race…
In my opinion, an Eagle should not only complete the written requirements, but also internalize the purpose along the way. If one is concerned with meeting the requirements as quickly as possible they are not able to focus on ‘Why.’ Eagle becomes simply another award, as opposed to a recognition of personal growth.
What I wish every Scout parent knew is something they can’t really understand until they have been through this process. I want them to step back, be supportive, understanding, and cooperate with the process. I want them to look for teachable moments and help their Scouts figure out what to do next not by supplying answers but by asking questions.
If you cooperate with the process, if you keep your eye on the broader goal, you’ll see your Scout start to grow and figure things out for himself . You’ll find that your job is not so much telling and doing as helping him discover answers and how to things done. Your job is not making things easier but helping him look past the initial frustrations of not knowing. Soon he’ll learn to ask those questions of himself, he’ll grow in confidence and ability and surprise you as he does.
It’s hard for Scout parents to get comfortable with the idea of not knowing on purpose – but if they don’t know a Scout has to figure things out for themselves. When parents get uncomfortable, when their Scouts get frustrated, they go after the Scoutmaster and complain about how chaotic, inefficient and needlessly difficult things are.
I try to tell them that the Scouting process is purposefully designed to be challenging and every Scout (and Scout parent) will experience frustration or discouragement from time to time. We embrace the challenge, the chaos; we take the inefficient, frustrating moments and turn them to our advantage to help our Scouts achieve those broader goals.
When Scouts get discouraged or frustrated, (and they will), that’s when we need a supportive, responsible parent to step up and help them overcome the discouragement or frustration and keep on trying.
Scouting cooperates with parents who cooperate with Scouting. It gives them powerful opportunities to help their sons grow. What we do in Scouting is almost never about the immediate, practical goal. Boys don’t always understand this and I don’t expect them to, but I wish every Scout parent did.