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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council

Valley District

The Denver Area Council – Valley District serves the following school districts: Brighton, Adams 12 and Adams 14, Mapleton, Westminster 50, and the Boulder Valley School Districts.

District Highlights

DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, WE WILL POSTPONE THE FALL CAMPOREE UNTIL NEXT FALL!

Valley Life to Eagle Program

This process starts when a Star Scout achieves the rank of Life Scout. Unless otherwise specified, some steps can be done at the same time and some steps may overlap. All references to Unit Leader, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, or District Eagle Advisor (assigned in step 6) are to the currently registered leaders. Check with Jessica at the Council office, 303-455-5522, to confirm who is the currently registered leader.

  1. Life Scout: If available in your unit, ask your Scoutmaster to assign a Troop Project Coach to you.
  2. Life Scout: CLICK HERE and fill out the form. Under “Special Request”, you can add the name of a District Eagle Advisor who has agreed to support you. Click “Complete Survey” to send. you can also copy and paste the following link: https://valleyscouters.doubleknot.com/form/formjump.asp?bidx=0&surveyID=17965&OrgKey=1856
  3. District Life to Eagle Coordinator: Will email acknowledgement of advisor request along with the files for the “Life to Eagle Program Valley Check List”, “Eagle Project Workbook”, “Eagle Rank Application”, “Palms Application Form”, and the “Recommendation Letter” forms to the Life Scout.
  4. Life Scout: Send an email message with your full name and unit to Jessica (jessica.blazek@scouting.org) and ask them to send you a copy of your official Scouting record.
  5. Life Scout: Using your official Scouting record, complete your Eagle Scout Rank Application Requirements 1 and 3. Save the file.
  6. District Life to Eagle Coordinator: Will assign a District Eagle Advisor and send an email message to the Life Scout with the name and contact information for the assigne District Eagle Scout Advisor.
  7. Life Scout with Project Coach: Review the Eagle Scout Application Requirement 3. Add any recently completed merit badges using dates from Troop records. Save the file. If needed, create a plan to complete your 21 merit badges. Also see Scout Handbook page 450 Eagle Rank Requirements.
  8. Life Scout: Begin work on completing any remaining merit badges.
  9. Life Scout: Ask your Scoutmaster (or through troop elections) for a position of responsibility in your Troop for a minimum of 6 months after achieving Lif Scout. Also see Scout Handbook page 450 Eagle Rank Requirements.
  10. Life Scout with Project Coach: Review Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal. Discuss ideas for an Eagle service project and potential beneficiary. Remember, the primary objective is that the project must provide a clear opportunity for the Life Scout to demonstrate leadership while providing benefit to others.

General Eagle Service Project Requirements and Restrictions Overview

  • Does not involve Council property, BSA activities, or benefit BSA.
  • Not performed for a business or be of a commercial nature except with special conditions and approval.
  • No maintenance or routine labor without special conditions and approval.
  • Completed before the Scout’s Eagle Board of Review and 18th birthday.
  • Beneficiary does not have to be a “non profit”.
  • Not a fundraiser, but can raise funds for needed materials.
  • All donations of money and in-kind donations such as materials, supplies, and food are part of fundraising and must be reported.

Questions? Please Contact Jerry Baker, District Life to Eagle Chair. 

Application Procedures
 
The Eagle Project Workbook, Eagle Application, Signed Fundraising Application and Life Ambition Statement should be combined into one PDF document. The Scout or Unit Leader should use first and last name and troop number as the name of the document (joescout123 or Joe Scout 123) so it is easily identifiable. The document should be sent to Jessica Blazek at the council office Jessica Blazek. The Eagle Project Workbook may not combine easily into one document. It will go into PDF Portfolio. The second option is to send a file with all the items but save the signature pages from the workbook (proposal, completion and fundraising) as single pages. Combine the three signature pages, Life Ambition Statement and the Eagle Application into one document and send that so it will be less time consuming for Jessica to verify the Eagle Application. Jessica will need the Eagle Project Workbook too, but if she has the verification pages in one location it will save her time. If any Scout needs help with this, Deanna Austin-Horvat is  happy to combine files to streamline the process.
  
All outstanding Merit Badges must be uploaded electronically either through ScoutBook or Internet Advancement prior to submitting the paperwork. Scout advancement reports can be printed at the unit level through ScoutBook or Internet Advancement in order to complete the Eagle Application. If the unit needs help with this, please have them contact Deanna Austin-Horvat, their unit commissioners or District Commissioner Mike Gill.
  
Once the Scout/Unit has received verification of the Eagle Paperwork a virtual BoR can be scheduled. NO FACE TO FACE BoR should take place at this time.
 
This process starts when a Star Scout achieves the rank of Life Scout. The Life Scout ask the Scoutmaster to assign a Troop Project Coach (if available in the troop). Then, access the Eagle Advisor request form here. Fill out the form. Under “Special Request”, you can add the name of a District Eagle Advisor who has agreed to support you (if you already have one  in mind). Click “Complete Survey” to send. The District Life to Eagle Coordinator will confirm you request and will send all of the forms and assign an Eagle Advisor to get you started on earning your Eagle rank. Questions? Please Contact Jerry Baker, District Life to Eagle Chair. 
 

Important Updates on Life to Eagle, Scoutmaster Conference and Eagle Boards of Review

Extensions with COVID (Read Carefully)

Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?

Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.

Q: May local councils grant extensions?

Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation—effective immediately and through September 30, 2020—council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the GTA.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed three months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed three months from the youth’s 21st
  4. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  5. Extension requests for more than three months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For example, March 5 to April 5.

The authority for councils to grant extensions is temporary, lasting only through Sept. 30, 2020.

Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?

Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.

Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?

Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or video conference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.

Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?

No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic 8.0.3.1, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.”

See also, GTA Topic 8.0.1.6, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”

Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?

Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

 
Valley District Roundtable 
 
What is Roundtable? Roundtable is a monthly training opportunity for all Scouting Leaders. Timely event information and ideas to bring to your units is presented in an informative and inclusive way.

Valley’s Roundtable is the first Tuesday of every month (except July), at 7:30 p.m. at Northglenn Christian Church, 1800 E 105th Pl, Northglenn, CO

To include information with Roundtable Announcements, contact Jerry Benson-Montgomery

Valley District Committee Meetings

The Valley District Committee meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., at Northglenn Christian Church, at 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn, 80233.

The Valley District Committee is comprised of community resources to support units. Leaders from the district ensure that Valley provides key resources and important programs to Scouts and leaders. The following committees meet during the coordinated committee meeting: membership, finance, and program. The program committee is comprised of the following committees that also meet during the committee meeting: activities, advancement, camping & outdoor promotion, and training.

Valley District Commissioner Staff Meetings

The Valley District Commissioner staff meeting takes the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Northglenn Christian Church, at 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn, 80233

Valley Commissioner Staff

Valley District Staff

The Valley District Committee needs volunteers!

For anyone who has enjoyed Scouting and would like to make sure youth have the same great experiences, we need you! The Valley District is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of district committee functions, as well as help with commissioners, activities, training, membership, and finance. If you are looking for a place to enhance you or your child’s Scouting experience please contact Preston Gibson or Heidi Williams

Questions or Comments

Any questions or comments about the Valley District may be directed to  Mike Dinee