OLD COLONY ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE INFORMATION
Merit Badge Counselor Lists are always being updated. At this time the Council and Districts are working on a new way of maintaining these lists and will advise when they become available.
PLEASE remember to document ALL advancements with either on-line or hard copy Advancement Reports so that the Council office is aware of the advancement and your Scouts get credited on their official records.
Our committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at:
Friendship United Methodist Church
149 Friendship Road, Monroeville NJ 08343
(Please check in December to see if there is a change due to the Holidays.)
We begin at 7:00 p.m. and will review all projects submitted before the meeting date; however , Scouts who are invited to present ‘repeat’ proposals at this meeting should arrive no earlier than 7:30 p.m.
EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT WORKBOOKS:
The "Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook” No. 512-927, now the only format acceptable, is found online at www.snjscouting.org, along with all other official Boy Scout forms.
**Please see the next page for detailed instructions
regarding project proposal submission**
Project Proposals in the Eagle Scout Project Workbook are to be sent to:
Steven Entrekin, 199 Phyllis Dr., Gibbstown, NJ 08027
COMPLETED EAGLE APPLICATIONS:
Completed Eagle applications are to be sent to the Council office for filing.
Completed applications will then be sent to the District Advancement Committee.
Only after that will the Unit be notified to set up a Board of Review.
Old Colony District Advancement Committee Chairman
Home (856) 423-4618
Eagle Scout Service Project Proposals – “How To”
As we have begun using the new Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, and adhering to the new Guide to Advancement (33088), there are inevitably “growing pains”. Please review the following
issues which have been prevalent in recent Eagle candidate project proposals. Keeping these items forefront in the planning for Scouts will enhance their ability for submission approval!
- A Scout should be using his name AS IT IS ON HIS SCOUT MEMBERSHIP on all Eagle paperwork.
- For a Project Proposal to be considered, a Scout must complete and submit to the Advancement Committee the Project Workbook COVER SHEET through PAGE 10, along with, photos, drawings, maps etc. which are pertinent to his project. If he has also completed parts of his Project Plan (pages 11-18), these should also be submitted. The submission should be 8.5”x11” with all parts well attached.
- Leadership should scrutinize a project with a Scout before submission. All required Signatures should be complete! If Leadership does not believe a Scout is ready to work toward this goal, they should help the boy to overcome the obstacles. Concerns should be handled on a troop level.
- On Page 6, Scouts ARE required to complete the section “Council or District Project Approval Representative” – This is Steven Entrekin. (His information is on the previous page.)
- A Project Coach is NOT necessary, but is advisable. This person should be from the troop, or have training via the Boy Scouts. They are to review planning and provide technical expertise.
- The Sweet Sixteen of Safety for Boy Scout work should be reviewed, taught, and part of all planning. Refer to 680-028 regarding tool usage, elevations and excavations. This is found at www.scouting.org under safety!!
- When a Project is NOT approved at first submission:
- Not being approved is not a “rejection” in most cases. It is a request for more organization, information, or documentation. The Scout should review what he submitted with his leadership, then improve it. If he wishes to meet with the Committee to add explanation, he should attend the next month’s meeting with his Scout leader or Advancement person to do so. Please call Steve Entrekin to register his appearance.
- Often, a “Conditional” approval will be given which REQUIRES that a Scout complete one simple requirement, and submit that to Steve Entrekin who will THEN sign District approval to begin work – he does NOT need to wait for another meeting of the District Advancement Committee.
- Projects should not be done for the Boy Scouts of America in any way, or for any agency or group that is not a valid non-profit organization.
- Projects should show initiative and planning creativity on the Scouts’ part. “Canned projects” where a plan exists from an outside source, are not encouraged.