Webelos to Boy Scout Transition

The passage from a Cub Scout Pack to a Boy Scout Troop should be smooth, with no time lost in between. By the time Webelos Scouts are ready to cross over, they and their families should be familiar and comfortable with the youth and adult leaders of the troop, their role in the troop and troop activities, and feel excited about beginning this new adventure. The Webelos Scout's graduation ceremony should clearly signify his transition to a new level of Scouting, and could include the presentation of his Arrow of Light Award, a Boy Scout Handbook, and a troop neckerchief.

A Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light Award has now completed all the requirements for the Scout badge and may join a Boy Scout troop.

The key factor to improved Webelos transition is the ongoing working relationship of the leaders of a Cub Scout pack and a Boy Scout troop. Ideally a community organization would have both a pack and a troop with leaders who work together to help move Webelos Scouts into a Boy Scout troop the same way schools move students from elementary school to middle school.

Big Muddy Advancement Chair
Phil Dierking
(816) 405-7540

Cub Scout Program

Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos & Arrow of Light
Adventure Loops

Boy Scout Program

Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life & Eagle
Merit Badges

Venturing Program

Venturing Award, Discovery, Pathfinder & Summit;
Ranger, Quest, TRUST and more

Internet Advancement
Reporting advancement is a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America, and entering it directly into the BSA system through an Internet portal is the most straightforward way to get it done. Internet Advancement has served as the portal since 2006.  Internet Advancement has been available for reporting Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Sea Scout ranks; Venturing advancement awards; merit badges; and many other awards available across the BSA programs.
All advancement must be reported to local councils.  This is important in keeping member records up to date, and it assures an accurate count in the Journey to Excellence performance recognition program.  When this is done, it alleviates issues in documenting progress as Scouts submit Eagle applications or transfer from one unit to another within a council. Consistent and constant reporting also assures accurate records for use by commissioners, other district and council volunteers, and the National Council.
These are critical in evaluating unit health, adjusting service delivery, and researching changes in programs and requirements. It is recommended that units report advancement at least monthly with a final annual report each December. These reporting cycles are important because they support local and National Council data collection for the Journey to Excellence program as well as statistical analysis.

Eagle Scout Information
Project Approvals: Troy Stigall will review project proposals at Roundtable, which are held the first Tuesday of the month (except in the months of June & July). For June and July please make an appointment.
The scout should have:
The contact and proposal section completed, including signatures, neatly arranged in a three ring binder. Be in uniform.

                                                                   Troy Stigall 
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Eagle Boards of Review 

Scoutmasters please call Troy Stigall to set up the Eagle Candidates Eagle Board of Review. This will allow the Scoutmaster and Troy to set a place and time. The District will provide two members of the board, Scoutmasters please provide one member for the board, and this can be a Community/Business Leader. Please allow at least 2 weeks before the board this gives the candidate time to do the following:

•    Notify his Troop/Crew as to his desire to sit his Eagle Board of Review.
•    Arrange for his letters of recommendation to be delivered to a Troop contact for eventual delivery to the Board Chair on the night of the Board.
•    Arrange for his "friend of scout" (optional).
•    Arrange for his parent/guardians to be present for pictures afterwards (district provides a photographer).

       •    Situations often arise with varying mitigating circumstances that may hinder a young man's advancement toward the rank of Eagle Scout.  Conditions that may hinder his                 advancement could include special needs (physical, mental, behavioral, and/or emotional needs), a young man approaching the age of 18, or a young man who has                         completed everything required except his Board of Review who is past the age of 18.  Specific questions or concerns about these circumstances or others concerning                       advancement to Eagle Scout for a young man should be addressed as quickly as possible to either Phil Dierking, BM Advancement Chair or Troy Stigall BM Eagle Board of             Review Coordinator.
       •    Additional Forms and Resources for work on the Eagle Scout Rank can be found by clicking HERE!

                                                                     Troy Stigall 
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Merit Badge Program and Counselors
The Merit Badge program allows any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer to learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges.  Boys will also pick-up some valuable life skills along the way as they earn these merit badges.

Youth, are you looking for a Merit Badge Counselor?  Click HERE to search for a Merit Badge Counselor!

Merit Badge Counselors work with young men on their selected merit badge(s).  The Merit Badge Counselor is qualified to teach the merit badges he/she offers to teach, usually as a result of a professional background in the subject matter, being a hobbyist in the selected merit badge, or having a great deal of personal experience with the merit badge.  A Merit Badge Counselor must complete the following requirements to be a Merit Badge Counselor:
•    Be at least 18 years of age
•    Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation or avocation
•    Be able to work with Scout-age boys (11-17 years of age)
•    Complete Youth Protection Training
•    Complete Merit Badge Counselor Training
•    Register with the BSA (no fee for registration as a Merit Badge Counselor)
•    Renew Annually to maintain your registration as a Merit Badge Counselor

Merit Badge Counselor Training
Merit Badge Counselor will be held at Big Muddy’s Roundtable. You can also contact Phil Dierking at 816-405-7540 or email ftroopprisoner23@yahoo.com.

Adult Service & Support Awards
Several awards for service by adults to Scouting and to other organizations while a Scouter are available.  Click the links below for more information on all these various awards:
•    Council & nationally recognized awards
•    Venturing Leadership Award
•    Unit Leader Award of Merit
•    Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor Nomination
•    Mic-O-Say Tribal Council Recommendation
•    Kaufmann Distinguished Eagle Scout (HOAC-specific award)
•    Paul Arend Scoutmaster of the Year (HOAC-specific award)

Lifesaving & Meritorious Action Awards
National and council awards may be presented to members of Scouting for displaying unusual heroism, skill or bravery made for outstanding and unusual acts.  Details of the various awards can be found by clicking HERE!