Presentation on theme: "Horseshoe Trail District Advancement Chairman"— Presentation transcript:
1Horseshoe Trail District Advancement Chairman Life to Eagle SeminarDoug CookHorseshoe Trail District Advancement ChairmanRich CosterEagle Board ChairmanPresenter note:Introduce yourself and the others who will be making presentations or remarks. Also new people.Explain your responsibilities and authority in the Eagle process.
2To Give YOU the Answers to the “Test” And Avoid Any Surprises! Seminar ObjectivesTo review the requirements for the rank of Eagle ScoutTo discuss the Eagle Scout Service ProjectTo review the Eagle Scout Application processTo answer any questions from Scouts & parentsSet the tone for the seminar and put both parents & Scouts at ease.Remind them that the process & procedures for the Eagle is different from the lower ranks because the district, council, and national BSA have approval requirements.Note that in the past there may have been problems because everyone did not understand the process and some pitfalls so that is the reason for this seminar – to avoid any surprises.Note that the District wants all Scouts to be successful and if they want to earn the Eagle rank, we will help them. Also point out that it is ultimately the Scout’s responsibility (not his parents or the troop leaders) to have a plan for how he will meet all the requirements then follow through to reach his goal. The Scout gets to wear the Eagle rank for the rest of his life, therefore he should be the one to earn it.To Give YOU the Answers to the “Test”And Avoid Any Surprises!
3Eagle Requirements Active as Life Scout* 6 Months Minimum Demonstrate Live by Scout Oath & Law*Earn Merit Badges* MinimumLeadership Position* Months ActiveEagle Scout Service Project*Scoutmaster Conference*Eagle Scout Board of ReviewSummary of requirements for Eagle.The key point is that everything up to and including the Scoutmaster Conference MUST be completed before the scout turns 18.* All requirements, except Board of Review must be completed prior to 18th birthday!
4The Eagle rank is more than just 21 Merit badges & a project! Remember!The Eagle rank is more than just 21 Merit badges & a project!So many Scouts and parents think that if the Scout just earns the 21 merit badges and completes a project, the rest is just a given. This is just a reminder that there are other requirements and a boy can be denied Eagle if he does not satisfy all of them.The primary emphasis is LEADERSHIP!
513 Required Merit BadgesEnvironmental Science or SustainabilityFamily LifeCommunicationCampingCookingFirst AidPersonal FitnessCitizenship in the CommunityCitizenship in the NationCitizenship in the WorldPersonal ManagementSwimming or Hiking or CyclingEmergency Preparedness or LifesavingReview the list of current required merit badges.Carefully explain that only one of the options (example: Swimming or Hiking or Cycling) will satisfy this required merit badge. If the Scout has more than one of these, the others may count as non-required merit badges.
6Warning: Three merit badges require specific extended periods of time to complete. If the requirement says:Meet with your counselor …Keep records for three months …That meeting with your counselor must take place AT LEAST three months prior to your 18th birthday or you cannot complete the merit badge in time!This is a serious pitfall that has often caught Scouts after it is too late to recover (without cheating – which should never be tolerated under any circumstances)
7Approved positions are: Leadership PositionScoutmaster assigned or elected by the ScoutsMinimum of 6 months AFTER earning Life(one or more positions)Must do the job - Not just wear the patchApproved positions are:Sr. Patrol LeaderAsst. Sr. Patrol LeaderPatrol LeaderTroop GuideInstructorDen ChiefTroop HistorianWeb MasterTroop ScribeTroop LibrarianTroop QuartermasterJr. Asst. ScoutmasterChaplain AideLeave No Trace InstructorTroop OA Representative(Troop may only have 1 OA rep at a time and must be approved by the Lodge)Review all the acceptable positions of leadership. Emphasize that with the exception of Patrol Leader, no other patrol level position will count towards the Eagle Leadership requirement.Note:Patrol QM, Asst Patrol Leader or Patrol Scribe do not satisfy requirement
8Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project OverviewProject IdeasProposalApprovalsPlanningThe ProjectFinal ReportSwitch Presenters…….The next section will focus on the Eagle Project. We will cover (overview).
9Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Overview Primary Purpose is to Demonstrate LeadershipMust significantly benefit a community organization(School, Church, Township, etc)May NOT benefit a commercial business, an individual or the Boy ScoutsMay NOT be routine labor or a fund raiserMust be planned and led by one ScoutCould take 6 months or longer to complete - so plan ahead!You may begin immediately after passing Life Board of Review(not necessary to earn all 21 merit badges first.)Review each point. Remain upbeat and positive!
10Only the Official Workbook may be used This is the ‘new book’. Any Scout who has started on the process since January MUST use this workbook. Encourage Scouts to download and READ this book. It contains a lot of information and has a lot of the answers. But YOU have to know and use this to help you be successful.
11Where to find the Official Project Workbook There are a couple of places to find this book. National site (socuting .org)Council website (CCCBSA.org)
12This is where the Council website brings you. You can also go directly here using the web address: eaglescout.itgo.com
13Selecting a Project Places to go for project ideas: Local TownshipCivic OrganizationTroop or Crew SponsorChurchSchoolProject must present an opportunity for:PlanningDevelopmentLeadershipAfter downloading the project book, it is time to look for a project.Where do you go?What must the project provide?This is YOUR opportunity to give back to your community!Pick a project that is right for you
14Sample Eagle ProjectsBuild church sign / Landscape church groundsBuild and install nesting boxes, bat houses, etcRepair and landscape church playgroundBuild picnic tables and benches for TownshipMake ‘Whisper Phones’ for Elementary SchoolCreate a nature trail / Build bridge on trailPurchase and distribute home smoke detectorsBuild sign board for park, VFW, Firehouse, etcMake and fill ‘Welcome Bags’ for Domestic Violence Ctr.Build bull-pens at baseball fieldBuild cabinets for Sunday School roomsConduct food drive and donate to Food CupboardConstruct outdoor classroom for school, church or parkInventory / Plot Headstone Locations / Repair Stones at cemetery or churchProjects that have been completed by Scouts in Chester County Council (our District) over the last several years.Your project does not have to be unique, but it has to be YOURS!
15Selecting Project (cont) The First Step:Preparing the Project Proposal (Pages 7-10)Overview of your project (also the start of your planning)Approval is based on:Showing that the project will meet the requirements of an Eagle Scout ProjectThe project is feasibleThe project can be completed safelyUnderstanding what additional planning will be required to complete the plan successfullyThere is a reasonable chance for successOnce you believe that you have a project, you will use the project proposal section of the workbook to outline your project.Your project will be looked at with five basic thoughts in mind.
16PartsDescription and BenefitGiving LeadershipMaterialsSuppliesToolsPermits and PermissionsPreliminary Cost EstimateProject PhasesLogisticsSafety IssuesFurther PlanningThere are 11 pats to the proposal that you will need to think about and address.
17All approvals REQUIRED before starting fundraising or project SignaturesYoursUnit LeaderUnit CommitteeBeneficiaryDistrictOnce you have done your preliminary planning, you will need approval and signatures before you start ANYTHING.Expect to present your ideas and have discussions with all of these people.Ideas and suggestions may be offered. Keep good notes – it will become clear as you begin the next section.All approvals REQUIRED before starting fundraising or project
18Fundraising Application Required for any fundraising unless funds come only from:YouYour parents or relativesYour unit or its Chartered OrganizationParents or members of your unitThe beneficiaryAny left over money goes to the beneficiaryApplication must be approved by District Advancement Representative BEFORE you start any fundraisingIf you are going to have to do any fundraising to support your project, you will need to determine if you will need to complete the fundraising application.Read the application and Seek guidance from your Scoutmaster, coach or District representative.Although this form can be signed later in the process, it must be approved BEFORE any covered fundraising begins.If in doubt, complete the form and have it approved at the time that you get District Approval of your project.
19Your Final PlanTool for your use“A Scout who is prepared will complete the final plan and ask (his) project coach to review it with him”Captures suggestions offered during approvalComplete detailed plans should include:Project drawings or construction plansSteps necessary to complete projectFull material list with costsTool and supplies needed (and sources)LogisticsSafetyOnce you have secured all 4 additional signatures you begin the final planning process. This is where you complete your detailed plans, taking into consideration the ideas and suggestions made to you during the approval process.The more detailed this section is, the more likely that your project will flow more smoothly.This section will also contribute significantly at the time of your Board of Review. The Board will be looking for evidence of additional planning that you did in preparing for your project. If they do not see any (or much) it can impact on their decision to approve your Eagle Project.
20The Project Starting your project Have fun!!!!! Things to remember…….This is YOUR project. Not the organization’s, not your parents, not your coach or Scoutmaster’s YOURSYour role: Project MANAGERSome work, lots of direction.Decisions about the project are yours to make.Listen to advice but you make the final callKeep good notesTake lots of picturesKeep track of all the time you spent on the projectKeep track of all the time spent by others helping youHave fun!!!!!Once you have completed your planning, its time to put that plan into action!There are a number of things to keep in mind……..
21The Eagle rank is more than just 21 Merit badges & a project! Remember!The Eagle rank is more than just 21 Merit badges & a project!This is just a reminder that there are other requirements and a boy can be denied Eagle if he does not satisfy all of them.One of the key measures of Success is through the demonstration of leadership. It is not the ONLY measure, but it is a significant one.The primary emphasis is LEADERSHIP!
22Comprehensive summary The Project ReportComprehensive summaryof your entire projectUse the form provided in the WorkbookAdd as many additional pages as necessaryShow how YOU led the projectDocument all the hours spentDon’t forget to include your planning timeInclude time spent fundraisingYour project summary highlights all that you accomplished through the course of your project.
23The Project Report (Continued) Detail fundraising and how money was used for the projectInclude all your plans, announcements, pictures, etc.Get project completion approvals (signature or letter)YourselfBeneficiaryUnit Leader
24Thus the critical nature and impact of the Project Workbook. Your project workbook, in its entirety, will be used by the Eagle Scout Board of Review to judge if YOU should become an Eagle Scout.An approved project can be turned down by the Board if they do not feel it has demonstrated significant community impact or the Scout has not demonstrated leadership. There must also be evidence of project planning and development.Thus the critical nature and impact of the Project Workbook.
25Confidential Reference Letters Copy (or print) double sidedNeed at least six (6) ReferencesYour parent(s)Educational ReferenceReligious Reference (If not affiliated with a religious organization then a parent may write this letter)Employer (If not employed, you MAY use a neighbor or family friend who you have done work for ex. Cut grass, walk dogs etc.)Two other AdultsInclude SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope)Reference letters are sent directly to your Scoutmaster or other designated person by the individual referenceMark outside of envelope “Confidential Reference for ______________”Consider including a cover letter with reference requestThe UNOPENED Confidential Reference Letters will be given to the Board Chairman of the Eagle Board of Review.Key points need to be emphasized:Identify who you need to fill out the formsSend them outAsk for them back by a certain time?
26Eagle Application Process Once you have completed all of the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout (with the exception of your SM conference and Board of Review - Requirements 6 & 7), you should request a SM Conference.Bring the following to the Conference:COMPLETED Project WorkbookAmbition and Life Purpose StatementCompleted Eagle Scout ApplicationAll requirements up to and including the Scoutmaster ConferenceMUST BE DONE BEFORE A SCOUT’S 18TH BIRTHDAY
27Eagle Application Process After completing the Scoutmaster Conference and getting the signatures on the Eagle Scout Application (SM and Committee) the following needs to be presented to the Council Registrar:Completed and signed Eagle Scout ApplicationProof of Merit Badges EarnedIndividual History / Transfer Report from TroopMasterEagle Application Assistance Report from TroopMasterCopies of all your merit badge blue cardsAmbitions and Life Purpose StatementCompleted Eagle Project Summary and Yearbook InformationCouncil willVerify information on the Eagle Scout ApplicationKeep copy of Project Summary and Yearbook InformationKeep copy of Ambitions and Life Purpose statementReturn Verified Application to Scout or Scoutmaster
28Board of ReviewOnce the application is completed and turned into Council, we will start the scheduling process for the Scouts Eagle Board of ReviewBefore a Review can be scheduledThe COMPLETED Project Book, Ambitions and Life Purpose Statement and Verified Application need to be given to the District Advancement Chair.Scoutmaster gets Reference letters to the District Advancement Chair.Board of Review BasicsGenerally Boards are conducted twice per monthMaximum of 3 scouts per eveningScoutmasters are notified of date and time of Board, usually via .Scoutmasters are asked to verify attendanceParents and family are invited to attend Board
29Other Points Highlight key points. Time Extensions to complete requirements after a Scout’s 18th birthdayMust be approved by National Council before Scout’s 18th birthdayWill only be approved for “Extenuating Circumstances”There is an established appeal process for scouts who are not recommended for the Eagle Rank, either by their Troop or the Eagle Board of ReviewHighlight key points.
31Horseshoe Trail District Advancement Chairman Contact InformationDoug CookHorseshoe Trail District Advancement ChairmanPresenter note:Introduce yourself and the others who will be making presentations or remarks. Also new people.Explain your responsibilities and authority in the Eagle process.