Salem Community Patriot
April 9, 2010 - 7
The Road to Becoming an Eagle Scout
by Doug Robinson
Nearly 80 out of every 100 Boy Scouts state that “I will make it to Eagle.” The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement that can be earned by a Boy Scout. The truth is that only two of those one hundred will actually achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The rules, regulations, and requirements for America’s youth who enroll into the Boy Scouting of America program are specifically designed to separate the wheat from the chafe. “The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has
always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting, but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well- maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about two percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 1.7 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness – remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank,” states Boy Scouts of America (BSA). To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest
advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks— Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.
Merit badges signify the mastery of certain
Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 120 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout. Of this group, 12 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management,
Monday, March 29: 6:11 a.m. Theft,
Oakridge Avenue. 9:45 a.m. Missing person, arrested Mary Ellen Selter, 42, Salem, DWI. 11:45 a.m. Dispute, Alexander Avenue. 1:49 p.m. Burglary, Main Street. 2:37 p.m. Criminal mischief, Granite Avenue. 3:05 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, Hampstead Road, arrested Joseph Fagioli, 52, Salem, DWI, Habitual Offender, Breach of Bail Conditions, Conduct After an Accident, Reckless Operation, Reckless Conduct with a Firearm, Criminal Mischief, Taking Without Owner Consent. 5:23 p.m. Criminal mischief, Shannon Road. 6:10 p.m. Criminal mischief, Hampshire Road. 6:16 p.m. Theft, South Broadway.6:47 p.m. Theft, Mall Road. 7:10 p.m. Criminal mischief, Cluff Crossing Road. 7:11 p.m. Theft, Mall Road, theft of ladies underwear garments. 8:13 p.m. Criminal mischief, Mall Road. 8:26 p.m. Suspicious activity, Main Street. 9:42 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, South Broadway. 11:23 p.m. Suspicious activity, Butler Street. 11:42
Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, and a choice between Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming. Beginning with the Star rank, and continuing through Life and Eagle, a Scout must demonstrate participation in increasingly more responsible service projects. At these levels, he also must demonstrate leadership skills by holding one or more specific youth positions of responsibility in his troop.
While a Life Scout, a Scout must plan, develop,
and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution, school, or community in order to earn his Eagle rank. As a demonstration of leadership, the Scout must plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion. The Eagle service project is an individual matter; therefore, two Eagle candidates may not receive credit for the same project.
Eagle Scout leadership service projects
involving council property or other BSA activities are not acceptable for an Eagle service project. The service project also may not be performed for a business, be of a commercial nature, or be a fundraiser. Routine labor, or a job or service normally rendered, should not be considered. An Eagle service project should be of significant magnitude to be special and should represent the candidate’s best possible effort. The Scout must submit his proposed project plan and secure the prior approval of his unit leader, unit committee, and district or council advancement committee, and the organization benefiting from the effort, to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout leadership service projects before the project is started. This pre-approval of the project does not mean that the board of review will accept the way the project was carried out. BSA Council Member Bud Brown told local
Boy Scouts during a meeting designed to prepare them to become Eagle Scouts that they “must have completed their service project before the 18th birthday. In today’s fast-paced and challenging environment for our youth, Boy Scouts must learn
Salem Police Log
p.m. Problem area, Oakridge Avenue.
Tuesday, March 30: 10:21 a.m. Theft,
Main Street. 4:04 p.m. Credit card fraud, Graham Avenue. 4:13 p.m. Suspicious activity, Mall Road, complaint of man in men’s room taking pictures under the stalls, security notified. 4:16 p.m. Suspicious activity, South Broadway, man asking women for money outside of Target. 5:14 p.m. Dispute, Shadow Lake Road. 7:20 p.m. Hit and run, Cluff Crossing Road and South Broadway. 8:27 p.m. Fraud, North Broadway, counterfeit dollars. 8:43 p.m. Suspicious person, South Broadway, man asking women for money outside of Marshall’s. 9:43 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Main Street and Granite Avenue, officer reports finding accident, vehicle into a tree, subject transported to hospital.
Wednesday, March 31: 2:33 a.m.
Suspicious vehicle, North Broadway. 5:28 a.m. Assist fire department, Spring Street, electrical fire. 8:02 a.m. Criminal mischief, South Broadway, building under construction vandalized. 9:34 a.m. Motor
How They Voted
Here are some important votes taken by your state representatives in Hillsborough District 27 (Hudson,
Litchfield and Pelham) and Rockingham District 4 (Salem and Windham). In some instances the YEA or NAY will be changed to another term to avoid confusion as to the intent of the vote.
HB 1580 - An act relative to Home Schooling.
Analysis: This bill establishes that parents
have a natural, fundamental right to determine and direct the education of their children. The bill also exempts children who are receiving educational instruction from a parent from the
Hillsborough, District 27
Boehm, Ralph (R)
Christiansen, Lars (R) Doherty, Shaun (R) Haefner, Robert (R) Ober, Lynne (R) Ober, Russell (R)
Renzullo, Andrew (R) Ulery, Jordan (R) Gandia, Laura (R) Hardy, Valerie (D) Jasper, Shawn (R) Knowles, John (D)
Knowles, Mary Ann (D)
Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Not Voting
Opposed HB 1580 Opposed HB 1580 Opposed HB 1580 Opposed HB 1580
compulsory attendance requirements. This bill was heavily lobbied by the proponents of home schooling. The bill was defeated by a vote of 175 Against the Bill and 144 In Favor of the Bill.
Rockingham, District 4
Bates, David (R)
Bettencourt, David (R) Crisler, Margaret (R) DiFruscia, Anthony (R) Elliott, Robert (R) Griffin, Mary (R)
McMahon, Charles (R) Belanger, Ronald (R) Garcia, Marilinda (R) Ingram, Russell (R) Kolodziej, Walter (R) Priestley, Anne (R) Webber, Carolyn (D)
Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Favored HB 1580 Not Voting Not Voting Not Voting Not Voting Not Voting
Opposed HB 1580
HB 1693 - AN ACT relative to the powers of the joint committee on legislative facilities.
Analysis: This bill prohibits the legislative facilities committee from adopting a rule, policy, or procedure concerning the carrying of a firearm or dangerous or deadly weapon into the state house, legislative office building, or Upham Walker house which is different than the rules, policies, or procedures in effect prior to December 21, 2009. The prohibition is repealed December 31, 2011.
Hillsborough, District 27
Hardy, Valerie (D)
Knowles, John (D)
Knowles, Mary Ann (D) Gandia, Laura (R) Boehm, Ralph (R)
Christiansen, Lars (R) Doherty, Shaun (R) Haefner, Robert (R) Jasper, Shawn (R) Ober, Lynne (R) Ober, Russell (R)
Renzullo, Andrew (R) Ulery, Jordan (R)
Keep the Ban Keep the Ban Keep the Ban Not Voting
Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban
Rockingham, District 4
DiFruscia, Anthony (R)
Webber, Carolyn (D) Bates, David (R)
Belanger, Ronald (R) Bettencourt, David (R) Crisler, Margaret (R) Elliott, Robert (R)
Garcia, Marilinda (R) Griffin, Mary (R) Ingram, Russell (R) Kolodziej, Walter (R) McMahon, Charles (R) Priestley, Anne (R)
Without legislative approval, a joint committee of the House and Senate adopted a rule that banned firearms (except for law enforcement) from the State House complex. This bill would have removed that ban. The bill was supported by 2nd Amendment advocates. The bill was defeated by a vote of 191 to Keep the Ban and 167 to Repeal the Ban.
Keep the Ban Keep the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban Repeal the Ban
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vehicle complaint, South Broadway, two TT units blocking the road. 11:44 a.m. Fraud, Autumn Woods Road, fraudulent activity on a credit card. 12:09 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, Bluff Street Extension, white truck went through barricades and stalled out in the flooded area. 12:33 p.m. Fraud, Autumn Woods Road, credit card fraud. 12:52 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, Pleasant Street, vehicles going through barricades at flooded area. 12:54 p.m. Hazard, Emerson Way, water is rising, need police to close the road. 1:54 p.m. Theft, North Broadway, arrested Moses Jimenez, 21, Methuen, MA, Shoplifting. 2:41 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Mall Road, no injury. 2:42 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Veterans Memorial Parkway and Geremonty Drive, no injury. 4:13 p.m. Harassment, Tudor Drive. 4:47 p.m. Hit and run, North Broadway. 5:09 p.m. Unwanted subject, Main Street, juveniles removed, parents counseled. 5:38 p.m. Disoriented subject, Pleasant Street, officer gave ride to elderly man.
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to budget their time and plan their service project, meetings with their local troop, meetings with the BSA Council, and meetings with the local organizations with whom there are providing their service project. Most service projects fail because the Scout did not plan their time correctly and do not make the deadline of their 18th birthday.” “For nearly 100 years,” according to Business
First, “Boy Scout programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts pledge: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Today, these values are just as
relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self- confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. Scouting also provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live. In fact, according to the Harris
Interactive survey taken in 2005, 83 percent of men who were Scouts agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. That survey also provides a number of other interesting findings. Men who were Scouts, especially those with five or more year’s tenure, say Scouting has
taught them to always be honest. Scouting has helped them develop dependability in following through on tasks they set or that others set for them.
“Do my best” is near the beginning of the Cub Scout Promise and the Scout Oath. Scouts agree that Scouting teaches them to give their best effort in everything they do. They also say Scouting has encouraged them to set goals for their future. As Eagle Scouts, they have done their “best.”
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