My name is Bob Gaston and I am the Eagle Board Chair for Washington District. We have planned to have the second Life-to-Eagle presentation since Bill Schaffert passed away and we want to take this opportunity to get the word out so that anyone who wants to participate can plan to do so with enough advance notice to make it happen.
The presentation will be at the Willow Grove Giant Community Center (second Floor) from 7-9PM.
The link for the location is as follows:
Willow Grove Giant:
We generally try to hold a Life-to-Eagle presentation once per year and there has been many changes since the last Life-to-Eagle presentation that we would like to go over with your scout so that they have a clear understanding of the requirements BEFORE they start to work on obtaining the rank of Eagle. I can tell you that since the new merit badge rules came out effective 1/1/14 that the Eagle Board has answered many of the same questions time and again which we feel this forum will be the opportunity where we can benefit your Troop by meeting with these scouts to lay the groundwork so that your scout can complete and be positioned for a successful Life to Eagle transition through your Troop further preparing them to meet with the Eagle Board when they are ready to advance. To help you get started, I am sending as an attachment the new 2014 Eagle Scout Rank Application and the most recent version of the Washington District Eagle Board as they are the only forms that are not available as of this writing on the Council website. All other information is always available at:
www.colbsa.org > Advancement > Boy Scouts > Life to Eagle
I remind all Troop Leadership that since the Life-to-Eagle presentation is generally only held once per year, you should be sending ANY scout who will make the rank of Life by next December, 2014 as it does no good to see them next November or December if they are already almost an Eagle. I would rather see scouts at the presentation who are there maybe a little too early than when they are about to turn 18. Use your judgment, but the more than less in this case is better.
Over this past year the new forms have raised many questions that we believe can be answered easily at this session to help remove any ambiguity or confusion as to what forms have to be completed, when and why. The format for this meeting is a Brief PowerPoint presentation followed by a question and answer session afterwards (to answer any additional questions that may still need to be addressed). The Eagle Board members who are available that night can then break off with a specific group for a one-on-one experience, if requested. We anticipate the presentation taking about 40 minutes with questions taking as long as it takes. Our intent is to make sure that Scouts know what they need to be doing to achieve the rank of Eagle.
If you should have any questions you can contact me at (215) 378-4114 cell or at rgaston. Also, if you have any specific questions you would like answered during this presentation, please submit your question and we will see that it is included in the presentation.
Thanks in advance and I hope to see you there,
Eagle Board Chair