Current News from the Advancement Committee
EAGLE APPLICATION UPDATES
The council has been experiencing many issues and errors in the Eagle Application process. These errors include many things including but not limited to the following:
- Scout history incomplete
- Incomplete dates for ranks and merit badges
- Improper leadership roles being reflected
- Missing dates and signatures by all proper parties
- Board of reviews being scheduled without prior council verification
In order to make sure these things are alleviated, the Eagle Application Checklist must be completed and included with all Eagle Applications that are submitted to the council for approval. If this form is not included and signed by a unit leader, the application will be returned until it is received. This is to ensure that the application is completed right the first time around. Requirement #6 which is the Scout’s statement of ambitions and life purpose MUST also be attached or the application will be returned until received. Please allow five (5) days for approval when a complete Eagle Application is turned in to the council for approval.
ADVANCEMENT TRAINING DAY
The advancement committee is holding a day of advancement training on Saturday February 22, 2014. Please see the attached flyer for all of the training classes available. We encourage all to attend. There are classes for both youth and adults.
COOKING MERIT BADGE CHANGES
What’s changing with the Cooking merit badge? There are two major changes coming to this badge. The first is that Cooking merit badge will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The second is a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements — with the exception of his board of review — before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. On January 1, 2015, any Scout who begins working on Cooking must use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.
CINEMATOGRAPHY MERIT BADDGE IS NOT MOVIEMAKING MERIT BADGE
cinematography merit badge is now Moviemaking merit badge, effective immediately. The design of the badge won’t change, and new pamphlets are expected in Scout shops in mid-November. There are some new requirements that have been added and a few that have been changed. Please make yourself aware of these new changes by picking up a copy of the new Moviemaking merit badge pamphlet.
TRAINING FOR MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS
All merit badge counselors must have valid youth protection training. The advancement committee strongly encourages and recommends each new merit badge counselor take merit badge counselor training that is provided by the council advancement committee. This training is very helpful and provides counseling specifics and updates that may not be known otherwise. Our council also requires they must be at least 21 years old. The advancement committee has been checking every registered merit badge counselor in our counsel and have found there to be many counselors who have expired YPT. When confirming if one has valid training, we look at that person’s ScoutNet profile. If it doesn’t show that you have completed Youth Protection Training in ScoutNet in the last two years you will be removed as a Merit Badge Counselor by your district advancement chair. If you are not sure if you have taken it and want to find out please call your district advancement chair or call the council office. If you know you have taken it but it does not show up please provide a copy of your completion certificate to the council office or your advancement chair so it can get processed.
VENTURING ADVANCEMENT UPDATE
Venturing advancement is in the process of changing. All current advancements should continue as the current advancement guidelines state in the Venturing handbook and in the current Guide to Advancement 2013. As the new guidelines are finalized and released by National we will make sure all are notified. You can expect many more details about program specifics in the coming months.
If you have any questions regarding this or any other advancement issue, please make sure to contact us. We are always available to help you with any questions that you may have. Our Staff Advisor, Joe Stocchero, can put you in touch with your District Advancement Chair if you don’t know who it is. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLIMBING MERIT BADGE WITH VERTICAL ENDEAVORS
One Saturday a month Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville hosts a five-hour class in which a Boy Scout from any troop can meet all of the requirements for the BSA Climbing Merit Badge. Badge requirements include: belaying, rappelling, knot tying, rope management & more. They recommend Scouts be at least 12 years old and have completed the First Aid Merit Badge. There must be a minimum of 6 participants to run the event. The cost is $39.99/Scout. Click here to see available days and download a flyer that can be passed out to your Scouts. Contact Anita Johnson, Program Coordinator, at (630) 836-0122 or email@example.com with questions or to sign up
BASEBALL CARD CLUBHOUSE
Hey, Cub Scouts, did you know you can earn an achievement award with your baseball cards collection? Boy Scouts, you can earn a merit badge with your special collection of cards. Visit www.baseballcardclubhouse.com for more information!