Advancement Information

Eagle Advancement Documents
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Merit Badge Class Rosters and Records - "Blue Cards"

Eagle Advancement Starts at Age 11!

When a boy joins Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle Scout and his 18th birthday seem so far away. However, as most Scouts find out, the time passes very quickly! What starts out at a leisurely pace of advancement turns into a race against time and age 18. No names, but you know who you are!

 

I wanted to write this to give all Scouts and parents an insight into several of the advancement hurdles that really cannot wait until the last minute. One of the stories I like to pass on is about a Scout in the troop who was an outstanding young man and very active in the troop and high school sports. However, time slipped away. He did not get Star in time to get Life and then to get Eagle. Each of these ranks require a minimum time at rank before advancement: active in the troop at least four months to earn Star; at least six months to earn Life; and active at least six months to earn Eagle. 

 

Therefore, based on the requirements summarized above, a Scout needs, at the very minimum, to be Star before turning age 17 in order to meet the time requirements for Life and Eagle.

 

Here are some of the advancement items that can cause the biggest challenges if left to the very end.

1.      Eagle Project – Ideally, Scouts should plan on about 3 months from start to finish for their Eagle Scout Service Project. IMPORTANT – there are some new procedures in the works for approval at the District level. Some of our Scouts have had short timelines and have resorted to emergency Adult Committee approval meetings and phone/email meetings with the District representative. THIS PROCESS IS CHANGING! It looks like the upcoming procedure will be to present your project to a small group of District level adults at a round table meeting held once a month. There will not be an opportunity to do an abbreviated version by email. We will let you know when this change is announced.

2.      Merit Badges With Extended Time Requirements – These Eagle required merit badges CANNOT BE COMPLETED AT THE LAST MINUTE. They each have extended time requirements.

o   Personal Management Merit Badge: Perhaps the most difficult of the Eagle required merit badges. There are a good number of requirements for this badge that require direct instruction from the merit badge counselor.

§  Long-term Requirement: 2a. Track and record your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks.

o   Family Life Merit Badge: Another merit badge with long-term requirements.

§  Long-term Requirement: 3. Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.

§  Project Requirements 4 and 5: two separate individual and family projects.

o   Personal Fitness Merit Badge: Another merit badge with a long-term requirement that cannot wait until age 17!

§  Long-term Requirement 7. Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents.

§  Long-term Requirement 8. Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7.

o   Camping Merit Badge: It is important to note the specifics of this merit badge. There is no way to complete it in one year! Scouts must be active in the camping program during their time in the troop!

§  Long-term Requirement 9a. Camp a total of at least 20 nights at designated Scouting activities or events.* One long-term camping experience of up to six consecutive nights may be applied toward this requirement. Sleep each night under the sky or in a tent you have pitched. If the camp provides a tent that has already been pitched, you need not pitch your own tent.

3.      Merit Badge with Service Time

o   Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

o   Requirement 7. Do the following: 

§  7a. Identify three charitable organizations outside of Scouting that interest you and bring people in your community together to work for the good of your community.

§  7b. Pick ONE of the organizations you chose for requirement 7a. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers and other literature, the Internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization.

§  7c. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, contact the organization you chose for requirement 7b and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

 


Flaming Gorge Merit Badge Rosters and Records - "Blue Cards"
FG Camping Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Canoeing Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Cit in the Nation Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Cit in the World Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Climbing Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Communication Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Cooking Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG First Aid Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Fishing Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Fly Fishing Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Geocaching Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Geology Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Leatherwork Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Nature Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Orienteering Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Photography Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Search and Rescue Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Weather Merit Badge     MB Requirements
FG Woodcarving Merit Badge     MB Requirements