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Life to Eagle Seminar-October 9, 2020

The District has scheduled a Life to Eagle seminar via Zoom on Friday, October 9th at 7:00PM.

This Life to Eagle Seminar is open to all Life Scouts (or soon-to-be Life Scouts), Parents, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Committee Members, Eagle Mentors and anyone interested in or assisting Eagle Candidates.

Scouts should download the following two documents from Scouting.org/advancement and have with them during the seminar:
• Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
• Eagle Scout Rank Application

Attendees should download Zoom to their computer, tablet or smartphone (if they have not already used it).

Topic: PEX Life to Eagle Seminar
Time: October 9, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To join the Zoom Meeting please contact Suzy Namba, District Eagle Advisor, at snamba@gmail.com.  Instructions will be sent to you by email only.


COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR SCOUTS BSA, VENTURERS AND SEA SCOUTS WORKING TOWARD EAGLE RANK, SUMMIT AWARD OR QUARTERMASTER AWARD.

Are you a Life Scout, Venturing Pathfinder, or Able Sea Scout? Do you have questions regarding how the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order in Sacramento County affects your ability to attain the Eagle Rank prior to your 18th, or for Venturers and Sea Scouts, your 21st birthday?  Here are some answers to your questions.

Note:  While the majority of these comments are geared toward the Eagle Rank, the same comments apply to the Summit and Quartermaster Award, understanding the difference in the age requirement (21 for Venturers and Sea Scouts).

Q: May merit badge requirements or rank requirements be modified?

A: No. All requirements must be completed as written.

Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?

A: Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with you using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in GTA Section 7 are required.

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation requirements?

A: Yes, as long as you are registered and in good standing.

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward position of responsibility requirements?

A: Yes. If you are registered and unable to meet the expectations of your position because of COVID-19 disruptions, your unit may need to waive or rethink the expectations of the position.

Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18th birthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?

A: Yes, but only for the Eagle Scout rank as described in Guide to Advancement (GTA) Topic 9.0.4.0 or for Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster as described in GTA Topic 4.3.3.0.

Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts (Pathfinders, or Ables) be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank, Summit or Quartermaster Award?

A: Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.

Q: May local councils grant extensions?

A: Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation—effective immediately and through September 30, 2020—Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:

  • It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the GTA.
  • *Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  • *Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For example, March 5 to April 5.

 

Q: What can I do regarding advancement while under a Shelter in Place Order?

A: You should continue to work on advancement in so far as you are able. Continue working on completing your merit badges, and planning your project during this period of social distancing (meeting with MBC's, project experts, your beneficiary and businesses by phone) until the order has been lifted.

Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?

A: Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Q: How can I continue to work on advancement requirements if I don’t have internet or high-speed internet for videoconferencing?

A: You may take a picture of their completed activity/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In keeping with Youth Protection Training policies, all communications from youth should be sent to at least two adults. Parents or guardians may send advancement work on behalf of their child.

 

Q: How do I file for a time extension?

A: You will need to fill out the Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank found at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-077.pdf and send it to the Eagle Desk at the Council Office.  Send the original by mail to PO Box 13558, Sacramento, CA 95853 and a scanned copy by email to eagledesk@gec-bsa.org. Read and follow the instructions on the back.

 

Also, please provide a pdf of your rank advancement and merit badges earned from Scoutbook (or whatever record keeping tool your unit uses). Where you are asked to provide a brief summary of circumstances preventing completion of requirements prior to 18th birthday, provide information regarding the status of your project and MB's prior to the Shelter in Place Order in Sacramento County on March 19 (or you can use the March 12th date when the GEC recommended suspending all in person Troop activities).  Include date of District approval of your proposal, status of planning and development, and any implementation that got started (if any) and what has been deferred until the Shelter in Place Order is lifted. If your discussion is too long for the box provided, you may attach it on a separate document.

 

Q: How do I get my Eagle (or Service) Project Proposal approved during Shelter in Place?

A: You should complete the proposal electronically and send the proposal to the Beneficiary and the Troop/Crew/Ship leadership for signatures. You should take this time to talk over the proposal with them by phone (with another adult present of course) before asking them to apply their digital signature. After all 4 signatures are on the document, you should send it to District Eagle Advisor, Suzy Namba at snamba56@gmail.com, (with an adult cc'd) requesting a telephone conference. She will "meet" with you and an adult by phone to discuss the proposal. She will add her digital signature and return the completed proposal electronically, and you can start planning and developing your project.

 

Q: How do I have a Scoutmaster Conference and turn in my Eagle Packet during Shelter in Place?

A:  You may have a telephone Scoutmaster Conference with your Scoutmaster (SM). After the SM Conference has been held (you, SM and another adult), the Scout and/or the SM should send Suzy Namba a note stating that ALL the requirements have been completed on that date. She will record that date in her spreadsheet and archive the email. You may get electronic signatures from the SM and Committee Chair (CC)  or you can meet with the SM, Crew Advisor/ Skipper and CC to get their signatures when the shelter in place is lifted and then make an appointment to turn in your packet.


ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE NOTES

ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Requirements may be found at Scouting.org under the specific program. Advancement News also has updates on Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing requirements.

For Subscription information:  Send an email to advancement.team@scouting.org. Put “Subscribe” in the subject line, and in the body of the message put only your:

 email address, name, Council Name (Golden Empire Council)

This is a useful tool for advancement.

LIFE TO EAGLE SEMINARS:

Life to Eagle Seminars are held four times per year at the same time and place as the January, April, July and October Roundtable meetings: 7:00 pm @ Faith Legacy Church, 3532 Whitney Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821.  NOTE:  February 13, 2020 will be a special Life-to-Eagle Seminar, also at Faith Legacy Church (Southeast corner of Watt Avenue and Whitney Avenue, behind the 7-Eleven.)

The Life to Eagle Seminar is open to all Life Scouts, Parents, Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors, Committee Members, Eagle Mentors and anyone interested in or assisting Eagle Candidates.

Pioneer Express District Advancement Committee:

  • Bill Woodward - District Advancement Committee Chair 1-916-712-8907; gobsagreen@sbcglobal.net
  • Wally Payne - District Merit Badge Counselor List; wallypayne@comcast.net 
  • Greg Kramer – District Merit Badge Counselor List 1-916-289-6974; jackball@comcast.net
  • Mary Pat Jones – District Merit Badge Counselor Administrator 1- 916-207-7560; marypatjones@ymail.com
  • Suzy Namba, Eagle Advisor 1-916-995-6864; snamba56@gmail.

Click On The following Links To Download More Information

 

GOLDEN EMPIRE COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (M - F)
Closed for lunch 1:00 - 1:30
Closed Saturday and Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benatar Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

Order of the Arrow - Amangi Nacha www.amanginacha.org