Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Cooking Merit Badge becomes an Eagle required merit badge January 1, 2014
All potential Eagle Scouts and a unit leaders must be aware of the timing of Cooking merit badge becoming an Eagle required merit badge. This is particularly critical for Scouts who are close to finishing their Eagle requirements.
The critical date is the BSA Local Council Certification date of the Eagle Scout Application. If the completed Eagle Scout Application has been certified by the council registrar before January 1, the Scout does not have to have earned Cooking merit badge.
What is required for the council to certify a Scout’s Eagle Scout Application? The Scout must have completed all of his merit badges for Eagle Scout, his project including all the paperwork, his time as an active Scout, his six month Position of Responsibility, and his Scoutmaster Conference. Everything except his Board of Review must be completed before the council can certify the application.
If the Scout has anything yet to complete for Eagle Scout after January 1, 2014, he will then be required to have earned Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
Something very important to remember is that the council office is closed for several days around the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. There could also be days where the council office is closed due to a snow day during that time period. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF December TO GET YOUR PAPERWORK INTO THE COUNCIL OFFICE. If you do and the office is closed, you may not make it to Eagle Scout. A reasonable target deadline would be Friday December 20.
The requirements for Cooking merit badge are being revised, but any Scout who has earned the present version of Cooking merit badge will automatically fulfill the Eagle requirement for Cooking merit badge after January 1, 2014.