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Cooking and Sustainability Merit Badges Become Eagle Required
Unit Leaders and Advancement Coordinators,
Cooking and Sustainability Merit Badges will be Eagle Required beginning 1 Jan 2014. The attached provides guidance in how to credit these two merit badges between now and then.The District Advancement and Recognition Committee *highly recommends* that all Life Scouts older than 17 years old who have not yet completed their requirements for Eagle Scout consider adding Cooking merit badge to their list now if they haven’t already earned it. The district Advancement team would really hate to see a young man finish his final requirement in the first two weeks of January 2014, have days to their 18th birthday and get caught in a Catch-22 by not having Cooking merit badge completed.
New 2013 Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA)
You may have noticed that the new 2013 Eagle Scout Rank Application (ESRA) on http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_web.pdf contains a third page. This update did not change the content of the first two pages of the 2013 version of the ESRA (except for the NESA note at the bottom of page 2). The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) needed a way to maintain contact with new Eagle Scouts and this appeared to be the best way to start the process. Don’t worry, the third page does not affect the processing of the ESRA and applications currently in processing do *NOT* need to be updated from the original 2013 version to this one!
Please note that the third page must not be sent with the ESRA for certification. It must also not be included in the Eagle Scout Package. It is a voluntary form provided by NESA and should be sent directly to NESA.
There will be an article in the next Advancement News that goes something like this:
SUPPLEMENTAL NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION QUESTIONNAIRE TO ACCOMPANY EAGLE APPLICATION In an effort to keep Eagle Scouts engaged with Scouting, NESA has designed a supplemental questionnaire that will now accompany the Eagle Scout Application. The questionnaire helps provide multiple avenues for the BSA to maintain its relationship with Eagle Scouts over time, which is important as the vast majority of Scouts move away from home within five years of their attaining the Eagle Rank. In addition, the questionnaire includes questions that will help NESA determine the factors that contribute most to Scouts attaining the Eagle Rank, which NESA can share with volunteers to help other Scouts on their trail to Eagle. Soon, NESA hopes to utilize the answers provided by the questionnaire to help both young and old Eagle Scouts find one another for continued networking and mentorship, which could occur at their future college, vocation, or wherever their life’s adventure may take them.
On a final note, all ESRAs being processed at this time should be using the 2013 version of the form. 2012 versions should no longer be used unless already signed by the Eagle Candidate, Scoutmaster and Committee Chair and waiting for Board of Review.
2013 Update to the Guide to Advancement
Attention to all Unit Leaders and Advancement Committee members,The 2013 update to the Guide to Advancement was posted earlier today on BSA’s Advancement page. Here is the link to a downloadable copy of the Guide in PDF: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf Printed versions will probably not be available in the Scout Store until later in the summer. A listing of significant changes in the 2013 edition is provided in Section 188.8.131.52 beginning on page 7. The current edition of the Guide to Advancement replaces any previous editions and the publication Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, and is the official Boy Scouts of America source on advancement procedures. This version of the Guide to Advancement is effective immediately and should be the sole source for implementing the Advancement Program in all Scouting units.
Cooking Merit Badge to Join Eagle - Required
Significant changes are coming to the Cooking merit badge. First, this badge will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1,2014. In addition, there will be a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1,2015.The addition of the Cooking merit badge to the Eagle-required list means that, regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on the Eagle Scout rank, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout (unless he fulfills all the requirements, except his board of review, before Jan. 1, 2014).As for the changes to the requirements, they'll appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet that will be released very soon. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2015, with the release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765. Scouts who have already earned the Cooking merit badge are not required to re-earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for the Eagle Scout Award.UPDATENew requirements due out with expected release of the Phamphlet next month, "This is only a Forcast"
National is making an exception to Guide To Advancement (GTA) 184.108.40.206
Scout can choose old or new requirements until 31 December 2014,
If he chooses the old requirements may continue with them until completion or
Cooking still becomes an Eagle requirement on Wednesday 1 January 2014
Either set of requirements will comply with the Eagle requirement
If a Scout chose the old requirements and has a large time lapse between effort toward completion, the counselor may determine the new requirements must be used (GTA 220.127.116.11)