Advancements since Fall CoH on 26 Oct 15.
(Info updated 23 Dec 15)
Click on the "Procedures" sections above to see how to advance or how to earn merit badges. . .if you have questions, contact email@example.com or check out the BSA Guide to Advancement!
==> Target Eagle Roster - Dec 15
- Ryan P - 01/16/16 (Project - picnic tables for GHS tennis courts)
- Jackson P - 12/12/15 (Project - bridge over drainage swale at GBES)
- Daniel D - 11/28/15 (Project complete - fence & bench build at Endview Plantation)
- Denis L - 11/07/15 (Project complete - benches for Mary Immaculate)
- Adam C - 11/??/15 (Project complete - CareNet Angel Trees)
- James D - 10/09/15 (Eagle BoR complete - CoH TBD)
- Ryan Z - 09/16/15 (Eagle BoR complete - CoH TBD
- Evan B - 08/13/15 (Eagle BoR complete - CoH TBD)
- Taylor B - 08/05/15 (Eagle BoR complete - CoH 09/06/15)
- TJ B - 07/13/15 (Eagle BoR complete - CoH 12/23/15)
- Matthew C - 11/02/15 (Eagle)
- Matthew Z - 11/30/15 (Rhino)
- Logan A - 12/07/15 (Bacon)
- Jackson K - 12/07/15 (Bacon)
- Derek A - 11/09/15 (Bacon)
- Hayden N - 12/07/15 (Griffin)
- William E - 11/09/15 (Griffin)
T200 Rank Advancement ProceduresHere's the BSA Guide to Advancement - if you have any questions, just let your Advancement Chair know!
(updated 23 Jul 15)
- Ask an older scout or an ASM for instruction or arrange for a small class to learn a new skill outlined by your rank. When you are ready to show your knowledge, get with your Patrol Advisor and he will sign off in your book. . . IF you demonstrate the skill correctly!
- From time to time, it is a wise idea to meet with Advancements Chair during a troop meeting to be sure your book is updated in our TroopMaster database. You can also scan and email the sign off pages in your book to firstname.lastname@example.org. If something happens to your book and TroopMaster is not current . . .then you'll have a hard time proving you did the requirements and may have to do them all again to get sign offs!
- Once you have all the requirements signed off for the rank you're working on, take your book to Advancements Chair to be sure the TroopMaster database matches your book. Now, you're ready for a Scoutmaster Conference (SMC). Hand the SM a note in a troop meeting OR send an email (with name and rank you are going for) requesting a conference to email@example.com.
- Check the Troop website (along the right side of home page) to see when your SMC is scheduled. SMC's are usually scheduled from 6:00-7:00 on troop meeting nights.
- After a successful SMC, you will automatically be scheduled for a Committee Board of Review (BoR) for the next available Monday during a troop meeting. BoR are usually scheduled at 7:20, 7:40 or 8:00pm. Again, be sure to check the Troop website for your date and time.
- If you cannot be at either your SMC or BoR, it is important that you contact the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair (or a committee member who is doing your BoR) to let them know you won’t be there. Otherwise, you are a "no show" - and that's not a good thing.
- Once you pass your BoR, the committee members doing your BoR will notify the Advancement Coordinator and you will receive your new rank patch at an upcoming troop meeting! You will also be recognized at the next CoH and receive your rank card for your records (a baseball cardholder works great). Your parents will also receive their parent pin!
- Hopefully this explains the process, but if not please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or chat with the Advancement Chair at a troop meeting if you have any questions.
Yours in Scouting,
Videos of the most current rank requirements for Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class are available at: http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/rankvideo/index.html
T200 Merit Badge procedures
(updated 17 Nov 14)
MERIT BADGES are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program. Boy Scouts can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as they earn merit badges (MB). BSA offers more than 100 merit badges! ANY scout may earn any merit badge at any time, however scouts 1st Class & below should balance completing their rank requirements with earning Merit Badges.
-Pick a Subject. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you, and pick one to earn. Make sure the Merit Badge requirements you are using are not out of date. (http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges).
Look on the Troop 200 website, under the Library Tab, *T200 MB Counselors – By Badge* to find a list of Troop 200 Merit Badge Counselors (MBC) for the badge you want to earn. These counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.
-Call the Counselor. Get in touch with the MBC and tell him or her that you are interested in earning the MB (OR sign-up when a class is offered by a MBC).
The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. ** You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor (<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Scout <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Buddy System). This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend. **
-Get a Blue Card from the Advancement Chair (unless you are taking a MB class, then the MBC will handle getting blue cards for everyone). The Advancement Chair will fill out the card, sign the front, and enter the information in TroopMaster so that your record will show that you are taking this MB. Give the Blue Card to your MBC, who will l keep it until the MB is complete.
It is also a good idea to print off the Merit Badge Worksheets for whatever MB you are taking (http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badge_Worksheets), and complete then as you work on your MB. You will then be able to keep these worksheets to track your progress and keep once you have completed the MB. Merit Badge Workbooks (worksheets) are not required but are tools that can help Scouts organize notes, listen actively, and document their work. These worksheets are used by Summer Camps, Merit Badge Events, and individual scouts.
- Show Your Stuff. Scouts will meet with the MBC (or attend the classes offered) and work with the MBC to complete ALL the requirements listed (no more, no less). As the scout completes requirements, he should get with the MBC to show his progress. The counselor may ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.
- When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your Blue Card in several places (Signature of Counselor), keeping the ‘Counselor's Record’ section, and giving you the remaining 2 sections of the blue card (Don't lose it!).
- The next step is for you to take the Blue Card to the Scout Master (SM) who will chat with you about what you learned, then sign underneath the Counselors signature (Signature of Unit Leader) on the ‘Applicant’s Record’ section.
- The final thing for you to do is to take the Blue Card to the Advancement Chair, who will log it into the TroopMaster database so that your merit badge can be at the next Court of Honor. ** You are credited for completing this MB immediately, even though you won’t have the patch in hand until the next CoH.**
- Get the Badge. At the CoH, you will receive the ‘Applicant Section’ of the Blue Card, the BSA MB Award Card and your MB patch. Scouts should keep these records somewhere secure (a baseball cardholder works great), and sew the MB on your sash!
Yours in Scouting,
==> MBC Orientation Briefing <==
Life To Eagle (updated 29 Sep 15)
The Life to Eagle Mentor is Mr. Dave Horne. Life Scouts should go to the LIBRARY tab and download the documents in the Life to Eagle section near the bottom of the page. Make sure you go to http://www.scouting.org/ and type in "Eagle Service Project Workbook" in the top right search box to get the very latest document!
Contact Mr. Horne at LEM@troop200.net and he'll get you going on the Road To Eagle. It's not as hard as you might think...the hardest part is just to get started so we developed a handy Life to Eagle Checklist (Sep 15).
Here are some initial steps after you decide on a project:
- Get advice from JASM's - they CAN help!
- Request a Project Advisor to assist the LEM if you need more help with your project.
- After the LEM approves your project, you will brief the PLC to discuss project dates.
- After briefing the PLC, you will be scheduled for a SM Conference to discuss your Detailed Project Plan. You will need to identify Project SM's and adult leaders who have agreed to help you at this meeting.
- The softcopy of your project plan will be emailed to email@example.com the week after your SM Conference.
- Once the Committee Chair approves your Detailed Project Plan online, you will be scheduled for T200 Project Review. Your Project SM's should attend this review with you.
- After the CC signs your Project Plan, YOU will turn your book into the CVC Scout Store for approval.
- When the CVC approves and returns your book, you can carry out your project according to plan . . . TRY TO HAVE FUN!
- Troop 389 has an excellent Eagle Project guide: http://www.eaglescout.org/project/eagleprj.html#DD
- Once you complete your project and all requirements for Eagle, contact your SM for a conference! Make sure you complete your "Eagle Application" using the form found on http://www.scouting.org/
- You will have a T200 Review to help with your District Eagle Board of Review. This usually occurs within two weeks of completing your T200 Review.
- Your Eagle BoR will usually be held at St Lukes from 1900-2030. . .and most likely on a Wednesday. Good Luck!
- Once you earn the rank of Eagle, contact Mrs. Cathy Garrison for help with planning your Eagle Court of Honor.
- For some great ideas on how to put together an Eagle Court of Honor, check out the book "The Eagle Court of Honor Book". Troop 200 maintains a copy or you can buy it at the Scout Store or from Amazon.com.
- Click here to take a look at it: "The Eagle Court of Honor Book"
- You can request Congratulatory Letters from many offices, including Senators, Representatives, even the White House! Click here to find out how.
T200 Eagle Review Feedback - Best of the Best!
- Wear your uniform! (Full Field Uniform, patches correct, belt, socks, etc)
- Life Goals and Ambitions portion needs to be a full typed page
- Eagle project service hours MUST be updated in Troopmaster
- Plastic sleeves in Eagle binder really make things neat & tidy
- Need to include copies of Thank You letters
- Written acknowledgment from benefiting organization is highly recommended
- All should truly think about and ponder the meaning of Eagle!
- Seek assistance from other Eagle Scouts (JASM's) who are still in the troop.