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Boy Scout Troop 66
(Davis, California)
 
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Youth Protection Training - All adults must take every 2 years.  Log in to My.Scouting.Org and click on the Youth Protection link (picture) on the right side of the page:

  

Guide to Awards and Insignia - Info about where to put all those patches!

Golden Empire Council-Yolo District - Our District specific page and GEC in general

River City Scout Shop - Link to the Scout Shop in Sacramento

Program Updates - Info from the BSA regarding any changes to the program

Scouting Safely - Answers to why we have so many safety rules & requirements

Bullying Awareness - Resources to protect children

Advancement 411 - All things advancement from Scout to Eagle

The Eagle Binder 

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Procedures

Click HERE for additional BSA info


How To Earn Merit Badges


Image result for merit badge full sash There are over 135 merit badges that Scouts can earn, with new badges being proposed/considered all the time.  Through the Merit Badge (MB) program, Scouts have a great opportunity to PERSONALIZE their Scouting experience.   The pursuit of merit badges allows Scouts to focus on areas in which he may be more naturally interested (art, sports, academics, sciences, outdoors, etc) and/or can choose from a variety of merit badge areas that expose him to something"new" and/or activities he may never have the chance to do if not for being involved in the Scouting program (like rifle shooting, aviation or small boat sailing).   Statistics on the subject shows that many Scouts will end up choosing careers or life-long hobbies as a direct result from his participation in the Merit Badge program.

 By BSA design, Scouts work on merit badges "on their own" away from the regular weekly meetings.This enables scouts to work at their own pace and gets them used to interacting with adults who are not their parents (part of his natural growth).As stated above, it assures that a Scout works on things that interest HIM.  21 badges are required to earn Eagle.  There are 12 "Eagle required" badges (white bands) which present him with a wide array of knowledge and the remaining 9 or more (green bands) allow him to choose badges that interest him. 

Troop 66 has a full supply of Merit Badge books.  The Scout should contact the Troop Librarian to check out the book.  He is responsible for returning the book in good condition when finished.  Alternatively, you may also purchase MB books at the Scout shop for a couple of dollars.  

Note that merit badge work must be done EXACTLY as stated in the Merit Badge booklets.  "Explain" means to explain.  "Demonstrate" means to actually demonstrate (not just discuss).  Merit badge requirements can not be modified by either the MBC or Scoutmaster.

 Some info on the Merit Badge process:

The day a boy signs his BSA application, he is eligible to start working on Merit Badges.  There is no BSA age restriction on any of the badges.

 Completing a Merit Badge involves 4 people... The Scout, the Scoutmaster, the Merit Badge Counselor (MBC), and the troop's Advancement Chair.

Follow The Process!

BEFORE STARTING A MERIT BADGE:

  1. Scout chooses a badge (or badges) that he'd like to work on (alone or with other Scouts).
  2. He informs the Scoutmaster of his intention to work on a badge, and is issued a "bluecard" that the Scoutmaster (or designee) and, if needed, given the contact information for a registered Merit Badge Counselor (MBC).  A MBC can be ANY registered MBC from any Council. He is not obligated to  work with a Counselor in his home unit or Council.  Judgment as to whether a Scout successfully completed the badge requirements rests with the MBC.  Blue Cards are used to track completion of the individual requirements for each badge.
  3. The Scout (not the parent or MBC) should fill out the blue card on the "APPLICATION FOR MERIT BADGE" section.

NOW THE SCOUT IS READY TO START THE MERIT BADGE PROCESS:
  1. The Scout(s) contacts the MBC and make arrangements to meet as often as necessary to complete the badge requirements (following Youth Protection guidelines at all times).  Prior to the first meeting, the Scout should obtain a MB booklet (Scout Shop, Troop Library or online) so he is prepared to work on the badge.   At the first meeting with the MBC, he should present the blue card which the Counselor keeps so that he can update completion dates and keep track of the Scout's progress.
  2. Upon completion, the MBC will sign all 3 segments of the blue card, and return it back to the Scout who in turn, presents it to the Scoutmaster for final signature indicating final recognition that all work is complete.  
  3. The Scoutmaster will pass the signed segments along to the Troop's Advancement Chairperson who will record the work on the Troop and Council levels, and ensure the Scout is presented with his badge on the next possible opportunity (Court of Honor).  
  4. The Scout will be given 1 segment of his blue card which he must keep so that it can be produced when applying for his Eagle Rank.  The Troop Advancement Chair will also retain a segment for their records as will the MBC for his records. Scouts should keep their blue card in a safe place!  They will need to produce them when/if applying for Eagle Scout. 
  5. A scout CAN change to a different MBC at any time, so long as the MBC is registered for that badge.   This is quite common, especially when returning from Summer Camp where future meetings with a camp-provided MBC is highly unlikely. If a Scout wishes to work with a different Counselor, he should talk with the Scoutmaster for guidance.

Click Here to go to the official BSA MB Page

 

How to Become a Merit Badge Counselor



Merit Badge Counselors
Currently 173 adult leaders serve as merit badge counselors in the Yolo District. Every one is an expert at something and with nearly 130 merit badges every adult can find something to offer the program. Merit badge counseling is a very rewarding way to get involved in the scouting program.

Steps to becoming a Merit Badge Counselor
1) Complete a GEC merit badge counselor application (please do not use the National version)
Merit Badge Counselor Application form here.

2) Complete Youth Protection Training (needs be current, within past two years)
sign in to My.Scouting.org and print out a Certificate of Completion to submit with your applications.

3) Complete a BSA adult leader form.
Adult Leader Form
(Please submit a new one for the merit badge list even if you are already a registered leader in another position) . For position code and description, use "42", "merit badge counselor"


4) Submit completed forms to Linda Paumer, 1203 Cypress Lane, Davis CA  95616

  
PLEASE DO NOT SEND MBC PAPERWORK TO COUNCIL OFFICE.

 

Merit Badge Counselor Training

The Yolo District Advancement Committee presents information regarding becoming a merit badge counselor each May.  The next schedule training will be coming soon.

For more information, contact Linda Paumer, 530-753-6514, linda.paumer@gmail.com.
Merit Badge Counselor Guidelines 

Merit Badge Couneslor Orientation/Training

The Trail to Eagle


 

The Trail to Eagle culminates with earning (at least) the 21 merit badges required for rank, advancing through all the ranks up to Life, many hours of service to others, successfully holding a variety of Leadership positions, and the completion of an "Eagle Project".  

This section of the website focuses on the Eagle Project and beyond.

NOTE - Applicants must use the LATEST workbook version if they are starting their Eagle Project.  The web link below (and attached file) will provide you with the latest version of the Eagle Scout Workbook.  We would be at a loss if we tried to "interpret" a BSA document that is already brilliantly written, but for someone who is merely curious about the process, this page will summarize the Eagle Process. Note that the instructions in the new book do an EXCELLENT job explaining what types of work are acceptable as projects.

In short, once a Life Scout decides to start working on his Eagle Project, he should discuss his plans with the Scoutmaster and get direction on selecting a "Project Coach", then he will go through 4 phases to complete his Project.  Each phase exists to ensure that Scouts are on-target with Eagle-caliber work and expectations and has a workable plan so that he can be SUCCESSFUL.

Signature#1 /Phase #1 - PROJECT PROPOSAL

The proposal is a high level description of the service project to be done.   This step ensures the proposed project will meet the criteria for an "Eagle Project".  It also ensures that there is a beneficiary who agrees that this project is wanted.  A Scout should not simply "make up a project" and assume that someone wants the fruit of his labor.  Like a job interview, he must seek out the opportunity and get agreements that the project is something the beneficiary desires.  Here, the required signatures are from the Scoutmaster, the Committee Chair, the Beneficiary, and District Advancement.

Phase #2-PROJECT PLAN

Here, a Scout will list IN DETAIL exactly how he plans to execute this project.  It plans the work as he envisions it, as well as lists contingency plans when changes are needed in mid-project.  This phase does not requires signatures, but is still required to be filled out before the work is done. 

Signature#2/Phase #3 - FUNDRAISING

If a Scout intends to raise funds for his project, he must submit a Fundraising Application.  This requires signatures from the Beneficiary, the Scoutmaster, and the Council.

Signature#3 /Phase #4 - SERVICE PROJECT REPORT

When the Project is complete, the Scout will record asummary of the project and detail the ways he provided leadership and how (if any) the project scope changed in the course of being completed.  It requires the signature of the Beneficiary and the Scoutmaster.

Leadership demands do not preclude adult involvement, but we strongly caution against "too much guidance" (particularly from parents) who, in their understandable desire to see their son be successful, may overstep the line between providing reasonable "guidance" and assuming the "leadership" role.  This will put the Troop in the undesired and uncomfortable position of DENYING credit for the project (which IS our right).  To avoid any problems, Eagle candidates MUST invite/include ADULT TROOP LEADERS to attend the project while it is IN THE WORKS.   We ask this to ensure that those who will be comprising his Eagle Board of Review can say that they have seen the leadership qualities of the candidate and endorse his advancement to Eagle.    

This Troop takes the earning of the Eagle Rank VERY seriously and holds it, and the BSA's legacy & integrity, in very high regard.  We trust you join us in this belief and understandwhy we are asking in advance to help us (and the Scout) AVOID questionable situations.  If a boy cannot perform and demonstrate ADEQUATE LEADERSHIP for his project, and show the character traits that embody the Oath and Law, then an honest self-assessment needs to be made to answer the question, "Is he really ready for 'Eagle'?"   The leaders of this troop WILL evaluate these questions and act accordingly to confer or deny the rank of Eagle.

 Excerpts from the workbook:

"First, the Eagle Scout service project belongs to the Eagle Scout candidate. His parents and others may help but the Scout must be the leader."

"Service, impact, and leadership are the objectives and measurements. Use these as your criteria to consider, select, develop and evaluate your project."

"Eagle Scout projects must be evaluated primarily on impact: the extent of benefit to the religious institution, school, orcommunity, and on the leadership provided by the candidate. There must also be evidence of planning and development.

The Eagle Binder - Putting together your Eagle Scout binder is a very important step.  You should follow this guide to assist you in ensuring that every document is accounted for and properly placed inside of your binder.

Link to:  Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Procedures

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Use the attached Checklist to assist

Attachments
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Eagle Scout Project Checklist.pdf Eagle Scout Project Checklist - (excerpt from GEC Life to Eagle Guide, 2014)