Printable VersionAPPLICATION FOR AlternatIVe Eagle Scout RANK Merit BadgeS

 

( BSA # 512-730 2012 Printing)

 

Instructions

The Eagle Scout rank nmay be achieved by a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified* Venturer or Sea Scout, who has physical or mental disability by qualifying for alternative merit badges. This does not apply to individual requirements for merit badges. Merit Badges are awarded only when all requirements are met as stated. See the Guide To Advancement, topic 10.2.2.3, for details.

The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than of a temporary nature (or a disability expected to last more than two years or beyond the 18th birthday). This request must include a written statement from a qualified health-care professional related to the nature of the disability. This person may be a physician, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc, or an educational administrator as appropriate.

Before applying, he must earn as many of the Eagle-required merit badges as possible. Any alternatives must present the same challenge and learning level as those they replace, and must be completed by the 18th birthday.

  1. Obtain a clear and concise statement related to the nature of the disability from a qualified health-care professional.
  2. The unit leader meets with the candidate and his parent or guardian to determine the alternative merit badges to replace those impeding his progress.
  3. The unit leader,parent or guardian, and the Scout (if possible) prepare supporting letters to accompany the application.
  4. The district and couincil advancement committees, in turn, review the proposed alternative merit badges. They may choose to speak with the Scout, his parent or guardian, or unit leader. If the council advancement committee approves, then the candidate may start work on the merit badges.
  5. Upon completion of the Eagle Scout rank requirements using the alternative merit badges, the candidate appears before a board of review. This approved application must be attached to the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
  6. Following a successful board of review, the council processes both applications and forwards them to the national Advancement Team. Local council action on alternative merit badges does not require national approval.

Note: In approving the application, the district and council advancement committees must utilize the expertise of a health-care professional involved with the youth who has disabilities.

*in order for a Venturer to be an Eagle Scout candidate, he must have achieved First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout.

 

Guidelines for Advancement to Eagle Scout Rank for Scouts with disabilities

The Eagle Scout Award may be achieved by a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified* Venturer or Sea Scout (candidate) who has a physical or mental disability by qualifying for alternate merit badges. This does not apply to individual requirements for merit badges. Merit badges are awarded only when all requirements are met as stated.

  1. The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than a temporary nature.
  2. A clear and concise medical statement must be made by a physician, licensed to practice medicine, concerning the Scout's disability.
  3. The candidate must earn as many of the required merit badges as his ability permits before applying for an alternate merit badge.
  4. The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of the required merit badges as his ability permits.
  5. This form, Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges, must be completed prior to the candidate's qualifying for an alternate merit badge.
  6. The alternate merit badges chosen must be of such a nature that they are as demanding of effort as the required merit badges.
  7. When alternates chosen involve physical activity, they must be approved by the physician.
  8. The unit leader and the board of review must explain that to attain the Eagle Scout Award a candidate is expected to do his best in developing himself to the limit of his resources.
  9. This application must be approved by the council committee responsible for advancement, utilizing the expertise of professional persons, involved in Scouting for the disabled.
  10. The candidate's application for Eagle Scout must be made on the Eagle Scout Award Application, No. 512-728, with this form and the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, attached when submitted to the council for his Eagle Scout board of review.

The Purpose of the Eagle Scout Award

A recipient of the Eagle Scout Award is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified* Venturer or Sea Scout who applies the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. He has achieved the qualities listed below with determination and persistence.

  • Capacity for leadership and a concern for others
  • Ability to help others through skills he has learned
  • Ability to live and work cooperatively with others by meeting his responsibility to his unit
  • Concern for self by improving his physical fitness to the limits of his resources

*in order for a Venturer or Sea Scout to be an Eagle Scout candidate, he must have achieved First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout.

 

Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges

To: The District Advancement Committee

___________________________________________________District

___________________________________________________Council

Gentlemen:

We are submitting this application in behalf of (Name of candidate) of Unit No.____________

chartered to _________________________ and located in (community, state) _____________________________  

Because of the disability (see the statement below from a qualified health professional), we believe that he is physically or mentally unable to complete the requirements for the following merit badge or badges required for the Eagle Scout Award:

_________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

Following a personal conference with him and his parent or guardian, I recommend that the following alternate merit badge or badges be assigned to him. Please see the attached documentation supporting this recommendation.

 

Date ____________________________________________

Signed: __________________________________________Unit leader

Signed: _______________________________________________Unit committee chairman

Parent or Guardian Statement:

In view of the medical or administrative statement attached, and following a conference with our unit leader, we approve the alternate Eagle Scout rank merit badges My/our letter supporting this recommendation is attached, and also one fromour Scout (if possible).

____ An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or other documentation is attached (optional)

Signed: ___________________________________________ Date ____________________________________________

Parent or guardian

Statement From a Qualified Health-Care Professional

As a result of a thorough examination or testing of the above-named Eagle Scout candidate on ________________(date),

I have attached a statement describing the disability, the Scout's capabilities, limitations, and prognosis, and outlined why the merit badges to be replaced cannot be completed.

 

Signed: ____________________________________Date _______________________Title/credentials_____________________________________

 

District Certificate

We have reviewed this application for the above-named Eagle Scout candidate and in review of the medical or administrative statement, and his excellent record in Scouting, we believe feel he should follow the alternate Eagle Scout rank merit badge method. We recommend to the council advancement committee that the merit badge or badges indicated be assigned to him as alternates.

Date  ____________________________________________

Signed: ___________________________________________________District advancement committee chair or designee

Signed: ___________________________________________________District Executive

Council Committee Action*

We have reviewed the district's recommendations and provide our approval.

Date ____________________________________________

Signed: _______________________________________________Council advancement committee chair or designee

Signed: ______________________________________________Scout executive

*The local council action on the alternate merit badge(s) for the Eagle Scout rank does not require National Council approval.

Possible alternates for required merit badges*

CAMPING: Backpacking, Canoeing, Cooking, Rowing

COMMUNICATIONS: Cinematography, Computers, Electronics, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Photography, Public Speaking, Radio, Salesmanship.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OR LIFESAVING: Fire Safety, Motorboating, Public Health, Radio, Rowing, Safety, Traffic Safety, Wilderness Survival

PERSONAL FITNESS: Archery, Athletics, Backpacking, Canoeing, Climbing, Golf, Horsemanship, Rowing, Skating, Water Sports.

SWIMMING, HIKING, OR CYCLING: Archery, Athletics, Canoeing, Motorboating, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Snow Sports.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Energy, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Nature, Oceanography, Soil and Water Conservation, Weather

*These possible alternates are merely suggestions that could provide similar learning experience. The list is not considered all inclusive. It is important for unit leaders to use reasonable accomodations and common sense in the application of the alternative merit badge program.

It is important that unit leaders use reasonable accommodation and common sense in the application of the alternate merit badge program. This plan is designed to provide advancement opportunity for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Venturers with disabilities.

No. 512-730              2012 Printing

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