My Troop is over 100 years old.
This is a really great merit badge.
Heck of a job there, it abolutsely helps me out.
For requirement #8, if your troop was established over 40 years ago and has been an active troop that contains about two or three patrols in it and has about 25 to 35 Eagle Scouts who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout in your troop over the years, one way to find a person over the age of fifty years old who was a boy scout is to attend either the Troop’s Rechartering Dinner or one of the National Eagle Scout Courts of Honor that is held by the troop. Some Boy Scout Troops have an “Eagle Scout Roll Call” as part of the National Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Sometimes, the Eagle Scouts of a Troop may send regrets if the Eagle Scouts have gotten married and moved away from the community where their boyhood boy scout troop’s meeting place used to be. However, some Eagle Scouts who receive invitations to National Courts of Honor may simply walk in through the door of the National Court of Honor and attend the Troop’s National Court of Honor. Many of the older people who have been members of the Troop may recognize some or many of the Eagle Scouts from a Troop even if your scoutmaster has only graduated from highschool fifteen years ago and if your Troop Committee Chairperson only graduated from highschool twenty years ago. Also, there are many, many people who are over fifty years old who were members of the Boy Scouts of America who never earned the rank of Eagle Scout for some reason or another, but who appreciated being a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Maybe, they only earned up to Second Class Scout, Life Scout, First Class Scout or even as a Tenderfoot Scout and maybe only was a member of the Boy Scouts for six months or two years of membership before events in their life led them in a different direction such as moving away or so. Attending an Eagle Scout National Court of Honor, a Troop’s Rechartering Dinner or visiting the local Council’s Service Center are really good ways of completing requirement #8.
I am sure there is plenty of scouters over the age of 50, you have to go out and seek them. People know people.
For requirement #8, where can you find three persons who are over the age of fifty (50) years old who were boy scouts? Our scoutmaster only graduated from high school fifteen years ago and our troop committee chairperson only graduated from high school twenty years ago.
I think this merit badge is very interesting.
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