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PIONEER EXPRESS DISTRICT ADVANCEMENT INFORMATION

LIFE TO EAGLE SEMINARS:

Life to Eagle Seminars are held four times per year in January, April, July, and October.

The next Life to Eagle Seminar- will be Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM

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 (January 2021 Printing)
• Eagle Scout Rank Application (February 2022 Printing)

No registration is required, but please contact Suzy Namba, District Eagle Advisor, at snamba56@gmail.com for the Zoom link.


UPDATED CHANGES TO REQUIREMENTS DUE TO DUE COVID RESTRICTIONS

As of March 01, 2022, all temporary changes made to Scouts BSA advancement requirements to address the COVID-19 pandemic will expire, and there will be a return to the standard rules for Scouts BSA advancement.  This includes deferment of some swimming requirements for First and Second Class, virtual activities for Tenderfoot, Second and First Class, and requirement 9b of the Camping Merit Badge. 


EXTENSIONS

Extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18th birthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster may be granted based on extenuating circumstances, 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.

Youth who are not yet Life Scouts (Venturing Pathfinders, or Sea Scout Ables) are not allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank, Summit, or Quartermaster Award.

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.

 

MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR LIST

The Merit Badge Counselor List is restricted to Scoutmasters, Venturing Crew Advisors, Unit Committee Chairs, and Unit Advancement Chairs. Please contact Wally Payne or Greg Kramer for access to the current list.

HOW TO BECOME A MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR

The Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) Application includes: • BSA Adult Application –available online at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf Use position code 42 for merit badge counselor. • Merit Badge Counselor Application (you may sign up for a maximum of 8 Merit Badges)—available on-line at https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf.

Proof of completion of Youth Protection Training is available on-line at https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection. Log in through your my.scouting.org account. If you do not have an existing my.Scouting account, you will need to set one up using your existing BSA ID number. Please do not create a new account if you already have one.  As for every registered scouter, including Merit Badge Counselors, the State of California requires that we follow AB 506, Mandated Reporter Training.  Details are available on the Golden Empire Council Home Page (www.gec-bsa.org). There is a link to the requirements.

You may mail the completed Merit Badge Counselor Application to Mary Pat Jones, 9193 Stageline Court, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 or scan the completed Application   and email to Mary Pat Jones at marypatjones@ymail.com.

Please contact Mary Pat Jones at 916-207-7560 or marypatjones@ymail.com If you have questions about the merit badge application process.


ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Guide to Advancement (GTA) [click →] Guide to Advancement

The current edition of the GTA is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. The GTA is regularly updated, and it can be downloaded.

Individual program requirements may be found at Scouting.org. In addition, there is a publication called Advancement News that 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)

Click on the following links to download more information

Each level of Scouting has specific requirements for advancing.

  • Cub Scouts
  •  Specifics relating to Cub Scouts [click →] Cub Scouts 
  • Scouts BSA
  •  Specifics relating to Scouts BSA (In general) [click →] Scouts BSA
  • Venturing
  •  Specifics relating to Venturing [click →] Venturing
  • Sea Scouts
  •  Specifics relating to Sea Scouts [click →]Sea Scouts
  • Exploring
  •  Exploring Programs [click →] Exploring
  • MERIT BADGE GENERAL INFORMATION [click →] Merit Badges
  • YOUTH AND ADULT AWARDS [click →] Awards
  • GOLDEN EMPIRE COUNCIL ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE WEB PAGE[click →] GEC Advancement

Pioneer Express District Advancement Committee:

  • Craig Williams - District Advancement Committee Chair 1-360-727-1925 craig@westvar.com 
  • 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, 9193 Stageline Court, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 t – District Merit Badge Counselor Administrator, marypatjones@ymail.com
  • Suzy Namba, Eagle Advisor 1-916-995-6864; snamba56@gmail.com

 

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 (Monday - Friday)

10:30am - 3:00pm (Saturday)
Closed 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

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