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Eagle PalmsEagle Palms and Merit Badges  Steve sent in this question about Eagle palms: In terms of earning Palms. Do MB's earned before getting Eagle count towards Palms?


pencilMerit Badge Check Off List  I've had several requests lately for a newer version of the merit badge check off list, updated with the newest badges. So I've redone the list as a Google spreadsheet. This will make it easier to keep updated.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingCrossover Bridge Design  Chip sent in this question: "Hi, We are looking to build a crossover bridge and was wondering if you know where we could find some plans Thanks, Chip"


Pet Care Belt LoopWho Can Earn Belt Loops  A reader asks when a Cub Scout may work on a belt loop. Any Cub Scout can work on the belt loops and pins in the Academics and Sports program at any time.


Cub Scout AwardsCub Scout Badges and Awards  Kristy asked about Cub Scout badges and awards. The Cub Scout advancement program can be confusing. Here is an explanation, but it will be changing in about a year.


Boy Scout Merit BadgesAge Requirements for Merit Badges  A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.


finalAn Unconventional Arrow of Light Award  Stephen made a light up Arrow of Light for his son and was kind enough to send in pictures and instructions if anyone else would like to make one.


Tiger Cub ScoutsTiger Cub Electives – Group or Individual?  All Tiger Cub activities are to be done with an adult partner. The adult partner can be a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. I've even had a college aged sibling do activities with Tiger Cubs.


Webelos Cub Scout badgeReverse Tracking Tool for Webelos Advancement  A reader is looking for a tool to determine if an activity in the community corresponds/matches-up with a requirement toward an Activity Badge for Webelos.


Uniform and FlagHow Many Count as a Patrol?  Karen asked this question: "How many boys from a Patrol does there need to be to qualify as doing "anything" as a Patrol?"


Tiger Cub ScoutsGifts for Crossover for Tiger Cubs to Make for Boy Scouts  Reader Evelyn asked this question: Our Webelos are crossing over to Boy Scouts and I was trying to think of a project for the tiger cubs to make or do for the boys crossing over? Just so that the TC can be a part of the excitement. Any ideas?


Pen SignatureInterpreting Requirements  For requirements, the Scout must do the requirement as written. The Advisor, consultant, merit badge counselor, etc interprets those requirements to the best of their ability to ensure that the Scout fulfills them. They may not add to or subtract from the requirement.


arrow-of-lightCrossover and Webelos Who Did Not Complete Requirements  A reader asks "What should we do if we know some of the boys won't be continuing on to Boy Scouts? What about boys not completing AOL requirements? "


Three Happy BoysCombining Bears and Wolves  Tracy asked this question: Has anyone had experience combining the wolf and bear dens (due to low numbers)? Is it possible and what is the best way to do this?


awardMother’s Ribbons at Court of Honor  A reader's troop is handing out mothers ribbons to some of the moms at a Court of Honor. How should this be handled since not every mom paid for a ribbon.


Arrow of Light BandsBroken Arrow Ceremony for Boys Joining in Webelos  Reader Beth asked "Should I do a Broken Arrow Ceremony for boys who have just come into Scouting in Webelos 1? I did one when the other boys earned the Bear in the Spring, but now I have 3 new boys."


PlanningAward Check List  Do you happen to have an award check list like your Merit Badges? I love your format and would love to either have or put together a template.


Arrow of Light BandsBSA Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plan 10 – AOL Creation  This idea from the Webelos den meeting plans covers making the commemorative arrows which represent everything the Webelos achieved as Cub Scouts.


Eagle PalmsEagle Palms and Merit Badges Question  Cindy asked if merit badges her son earned before attaining the rank of Eagle can be used toward Eagle palms.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingBoard of Review Questions  Reader Shelley asked "I'm a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?" Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions.


Venturing is a BSA program for young men and women. The Venturing Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills program.Venturing Ranger Award Requirements  The Venturing Ranger requirements provide an opportunity for Venturers to explore a number of areas related to the outdoors. To earn the Venturing Ranger award, a young man or woman must complete eight core requirements and four electives.


Eagle PalmsEagle Palms: Requirements for Boy Scouts  Eagle Scout is the highest rank for Boy Scouts. But after a Boy Scout becomes an Eagle Scout he can continue to earn recognition for his achievements by earning Eagle Palms. I encourage all Eagle Scouts to stay active with their troops and continue to develop their leadership skills.


The Eagle Court of Honor Book is the complete guide to Scouting's greatest moment. It covers every aspect of staging an Eagle Scout court of honor.The Eagle Court of Honor Book   The Eagle Court of Honor Book is the complete guide to Scouting's greatest moment. It covers every aspect of staging an Eagle Scout court of honor.


Proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting - from meetings and outings to administration.The Scoutmaster's Other Handbook   Proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting - from meetings and outings to administration.


Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Eagle is earned after the rank of Life. "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".Eagle Scout Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts  Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Unlike the other ranks in Boy Scouts, the title of Eagle Scout is held for life. "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle."


Badge for Life Boy Scout RankLife Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts  


Venturing Silver AwardVenturing Silver Award Requirements  The Venturing Silver Award is available to all young men and women who are Venturers. Earning the Venturing Silver Award helps the Scout develop knowledge and leadership skills.


First Class Boy Scout BadgeFirst Class Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts  First Class is the third rank a Boy Scout can earn. He earns it after Second Class The requirements for First Class continue to teach the youth to the skills he needs to advance in Boy Scouting.


Eagle PalmsRecognizing Eagle Palms  A reader recently wrote to me with this question about recognizing Eagle palms: "My son is about to get his 17th Palm before he turns 18. Is there some type of ceremony to recognized this similar to the Eagle COH?"


Webelos Artist Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 8 - Artist  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders on the website. The eighth Webelos den meeting plan focuses on the Webelos Artist Activity badge.


Venturing Gold AwardVenturing Gold Award Requirements  The Venturing Gold Award was developed to recognize the significant accomplishment in a Scout's life in a broad spectrum of activities.


Second Class RankSecond Class Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts  Second Class is the second rank a Boy Scout can earn. He earns it after Tenderfoot. The Second Class rank requirements for Boy Scouts continue to teach the youth to the skills he needs to advance in Boy Scouting.


Welding Merit Badge for Boy ScoutsWelding Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Today (Feb 24, 2012) is the first day Boy Scouts can start earning the new Welding merit badge. Opportunities in the welding field are endless, and Scouts earning their Welding merit badge can not only explore the fundamentals of welding, but also learn about the different career paths within the industry.


Webelos Citizen Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 7 - Citizen  BSA provides den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders on the website. This plan completes many of the requirements for the Citizen Activity Badge.


Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Outdoor Bronze Award Requirements  The Venturing Outdoor Bronze Award is the first step on the way to earning the Ranger award. To earn this award, Venturers must complete four of the Ranger core requirements and two Ranger electives.


energy conservationBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 7: Your Living World and Tie It Right  BSA provides den meeting plans for den leaders on the website. This plan covers Wolf Achievement 7 – Your Living World and Wolf Elective 17 – Tie It Right.


CandleArrow of Light Centerpieces  Janice recently wrote to me with this message: "I need your help! I've been assigned to help put together our Arrow of Light ceremony / banquet. I'm at a loss as to what to do for centerpieces. We'll have over 10 tables and we don't want to make it look too "blue and gold." Any ideas that you may have could really help me out a lot! " Sometimes simple centerpieces are the best.


Webelos Citizen Activity BadgeBSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 6: Citizen and Webelos Badge  This plan continues work on the Citizen activity badge and covers Webelos badge requirement 3 (meaning of the Webelos badge), Webelos badge requirement 4 (Webelos uniform), and Webelos badge requirement 7 (Boy Scout knowledge) .


Venturing Bronze AwardVenturing Sea Scout Bronze Award Requirements  The Venturing Sea Scout Bronze award is aimed at Crews who are focused on sailing.


EmergencyBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 6: Know Your Home and Community  This plan completes Wolf Achievement 4 - Know Your Home and Community, which was started in the previous meeting plan. It also includes some electives - Let's Have a Party and Sing-Along.