September 23, 2014 - Earlier today, revised and final requirements of the new Cub Scout program were posted to the BSA Program Updates Page. In addition to minor changes to clarify a number of requirements based on feedback from Scouters, there are changes in the required duty to God adventure for each rank. These changes, made in consultation with Scouters and our major chartered organizations, are intended to:
Solidify Scouting’s focus on the creation of an environment and experience where a boy, under the guidance of his family, may come to better understand and act on his own understanding of his duty to God and reverence.
Offer boys and families who do not belong to a formal faith institution opportunities and options to continue their exploration of their own vision of duty to God.
The new program and these requirements will be effective with the 2015-2016 Scouting year. Handbooks, den leader guides, and other affected materials are on schedule to be in Scout shops no later than May 1, 2015.
In 2009, the National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region selects a region-level winner.
Congratulations to Ryan T., Troop 479, who was awarded the 2014 Chris Schornak Eagle Scout Memorial Scholarship. This was the first year that the scholarship was awarded. The scholarship fund was established in honor of Chris Schornak, a Cobb Count Eagle Scout who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. Pictured are members of the Schornak family, along with Ryan. The award was presented on May 24, 2014, at the annual Decoration of Graves in preparation for the Memorial Day ceremony at Marietta National Cemetery. More information about the scholarship may be found on the Chris Schornak Eagle Scout Memorial Scholarship page.
The Foothills District and the National Memorial Day Assocation of Georgia want to thank more than 1800 Scouts, adult volunteers and family members who came out on Saturday, May 24, 2014, to place flags on the graves of military veterans at Marietta National Cemetery. This service project is carried out each year in preparation for the Memorial Day Ceremony that takes place on Monday. The May 26th Memorial Day Ceremony is open to the public, and Scouting families are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to see the ceremony we assist in preparing for, and to participate with our community in honoring our nation's fallen heroes.
The Chris Schornak Eagle Scout Memorial Scholarship Fund announces that its first scholarship award will be given in 2014. Cobb County Eagle Scouts are eligible for the scholarship, which this year will be $500. The fund was established in memory of Chris Schornak, an Eagle Scout from Troop 75 who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006.
The 2014 revision of the Eagle Scout Rank Application form, which includes Cooking MB as a required item and includes Sustainability MB as an alternate for Environment Science, is now available at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/p