Troop 501 Eagle Scouts

Andrew Jackson - 2011

Project: Recycle Bins at the World Bird Sanctuary

William "Billy" John Fisher, III - 2012

Project: Fire Truck Reading Center at Arnold Branch Library

Christopher "Blake" Hufford - 2013

Project: Flag Pole Installation and Beautification Project at New Hope United Methodist Church

Paul Morton Claeys - 2013

Project: Playground Renovation and Update; Construction and Installation of Benches at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Drew Vitello - 2014

Project: Development and Installation of interactive, 3-D, educational playground mural at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Troop Elections to be Held

Troop Elections will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at regular troop meeting. Please think about the troop positions that you are interested in holding for the next six months. If you believe that a fellow Scout would be particularly well-suited for a particular position, talk to him about it, and then nominate him at the election. Remember, this is your chance to help shape and form the direction of YOUR troop!

Communications Merit Badge Workshop at Troop Meeting

CommunicationsmbWe will have a workshop for the Communications Merit Badge at the next troop meeting. The Communication Merit Badge is one of 13 (soon to be 14) merit badges required for Eagle. Be sure to print out and complete as much of the Communications Merit Badge Workbook available from www.meritbadge.org, and bring it to troop meeting. Each Scout will also need to print and bring a Merit Badge Application, available from the Troop 501 Website (Fillable Microsoft Word File), or the Troop 501 Advancement System (online).

Cooking Merit Badge Becomes Eagle-Required

By Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, senior editor of Scouting magazine, and author of the Bryan on Scouting Blog at http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/.

 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, this badge will get a silver border.

Moms and dads, prepare the needle and thread!

Sustainability and Cooking merit badges will join the list of Eagle-required merit badges over the next 14 months, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board announced today.

Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 jamboree.

Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.

Why the change? The goal is to “reflect a better balance of the needs of youth and our nation today and in the future,” according to the BSA’s resolution. Personally, I like it. Keeping up with the ever-changing world means questioning the way things have always been done.

Sustainability becomes more important as our population increases while resources decrease. And a boy who reaches Eagle without skills in cooking and healthy eating habits hasn’t become fully “Prepared. For Life.” in my opinion. I think the BSA’s board got it right on here.

What do you think?

For the list of Eagle-required merit badges as it looks now — and as it will look in 2014 — follow the jump.

Current list of Eagle-required merit badges

Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including the following:

·                     First Aid

·                     Citizenship in the Community

·                     Citizenship in the Nation

·                     Citizenship in the World

·                     Communication

·                     Personal Fitness

·                     Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving

·                     Environmental Science

·                     Personal Management

·                     Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling

·                     Camping

·                     Family Life

List of Eagle-required merit badges, effective Jan. 1, 2014

Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including the following:

·                     First Aid

·                     Citizenship in the Community

·                     Citizenship in the Nation

·                     Citizenship in the World

·                     Communication

·                     Personal Fitness

·                     Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving

·                     Environmental Science OR Sustainability

·                     Personal Management

·                     Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling

·                     Camping

·                     Family Life

·                     Cooking