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Scholarships Available to 2020 Eagle Scouts

Scoutmasters & other Scouts BSA adults:

Please make any 2020 Eagle Scouts from your unit aware that they may  apply for two different college scholarships available to them.

The first scholarships are national in scope and are awarded by NESA (the National Eagle Scouts Association).

The application is at: https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/

  •  Eagles with a board of review date through Feb 8, 2021 may apply.
    • includes members of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, who will have an official date-of-rank of 2/8/2021.
  • is open to Eagles through their junior year of college
    • Eagles with BOR dates prior to 2020 who meet this criterion may (re-)apply

The second opportunity, The John William Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is specific to Occoneechee Council.

Further information and an application is available on the Council web site at this link: https://ocscouts.org/pope-scholarship/

I’d note that the 2019 recipients of the Pope Scholarships did not include any Eagle from Shakori. The reason was that there were no applicants from the district!

Please encourage the 2020 Eagles from your units to apply for these awards!

Steve Blanchard, Shakori Advancement Chair

Updated COVID-19 FAQ

National BSA has just updated the COVID-19 FAQ page, The FAQ addres advancement items for all BSA programs, and additional questions concerning, e.g. in person meetings and camping. You may access the full text at https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

Items Specific to Eagle Scout are reproduced here:

♦ Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18th birthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?

No, Effective January 1, 2021, local councils will have the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in the revised Guide to Advancement (GTA) topics 9.0.4.0, 9.0.4.1, 9.0.4.2, and forms 11.2.0.0 and 11.2.1.0 from the 2021 edition of the GTA, which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at www.scouting.org/advancement.

Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?

Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.

♦ Q: May local councils grant extensions?

Yes, Effective January 1, 2021, all time extension request are to be submitted to the local council. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in the revised Guide to Advancement (GTA) topics 9.0.4.0, 9.0.4.1, 9.0.4.2, and forms 11.2.0.0 and 11.2.1.0 from the 2021 edition of the GTA, which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at www.scouting.org/advancement.

Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?

Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.

Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?

Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.

Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?

No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic 8.0.3.1, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.”

See also, GTA Topic 8.0.1.6, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”

Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted until further notice.

Links to the above referenced (revised, 2021)  Guide to Advancement Sections and forms are here:

Note that these links will open/download individual pdf files.

If you have additional questions on advancement you may contact:

For Eagle specific questions contact Steve and/or:

 

NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships

Scoutmasters:

Please make any 2020 Eagle Scouts from your Troop aware that Applications for NESA (National Eagle Scouts Association) scholarships are now “live”.

https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/

  •  Eagles with a board of review date through Feb 8, 2021 may apply.
    • includes members of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, who will have an official date-of-rank of 2/8/2021.
  • is open to Eagles through their junior year of college
    • Eagles with BOR dates prior to 2020 who meet this criterion may (re-)apply

 

2020 Silver Beaver Nominations

 

It is that time of year to nominate a deserving volunteer for the Silver Beaver Award in Occoneechee Council.

The Silver Beaver Award recognizes registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within Occoneechee Council. It is presented by the National Court of Honor on behalf of councils. This is the highest award in a Council.

In Occoneechee Council, the selection is based on the service provided by the nominee in the areas of Scouting Service (50%), Community/ Non-scouting Service (25%), and how the nominee demonstrates his/her “Duty to God” (25%). The 2020 Occoneechee Council Silver Beaver Nomination fillable pdf form can be downloaded at https://ocscouts.org/download/57120/. This form must be used for your nomination in Occoneechee Council.

All nominations are due at the Council Office no later than November 5th, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact either Carlton McKee or Chris FitzSimons.

 

2020 District Awards

Nominations close Monday November 30. 

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