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Golden Spread Council Highlights- February 2014

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Programs and Training NEW

If you haven’t visited the Council Home Page lately, you are missing out on tons of information!  We have many trainings and activities listed for 2014 and here they are:

February  NEW

Council Reception-

March  NEW

Scouting for Food

Outdoor Trainings- visit the Council Web Site

CPR- visit the Council Web Site

Wilderness First Aid- visit the Council Web Site

Trainer’s EDGE Training- visit the Council Web Site

Cub Scout Baloo Training- visit the Council Web Site

Cooking merit badge required to earn Eagle Scout rank

Cooking-EagleEffective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required in order to obtain the Eagle Scout rank.

The total number of merit badges needed for Eagle remains at 21, but now 13 of those are required and eight are elective, instead of 12 required and nine elective. In other words, an Eagle Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges, including the following:

  • First Aid
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communication
  • Personal Fitness
  • Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  • Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  • Camping
  • Family Life
  • Cooking

Other important notes about this change:

  • If a Scout has already earned Cooking merit badge, he does not need to re-earn it now that it’s Eagle-required. He’s all set. That said, he may purchase or be presented with the silver-bordered Cooking merit badge emblem if he chooses. He shouldn’t wear both the silver- and green-bordered version, though.
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  • During the 2014 transition period a Scout may use either the old or new requirements. Either way, the merit badge is required for Eagle beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements — with the exception of his board of review — before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. I suggest you communicate this news to your older Life Scouts ASAP so they aren’t disappointed to learn they don’t have all the merit badges they need.

        The requirements for Cooking merit badge are changing, but 2014 is a transition year during which a Scout may use  either the old or the new requirements

Cinematography Merit Badge now called Moviemaking 

Lights, camera, action! The Cinematography merit badge has been renamed Moviemaking. The change was made to reflect the many elements that go into creating a movie.

Aside from some minor updates from the Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force, the requirements and content for the merit badge are essentially the same. Also unchanged is the actual award emblem.

Regardless of its name, a Scout may only earn and get credit for one or the other. Also, the name change does not affect Scouts who have previously completed or who are currently working on the Cinematography merit badge.

The change will be reflected in the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book.

Cub Scout Program Changes  NEW

Discover the adventures that Cub Scouts will experience—from the team that wrote them—as the BSA’s new Cub Scout program rolls out for 2015!

A series of classes at the Philmont Training Center during summer 2014 will unveil new adventures, including:

Tigers: “On the Prowl” Wolves: “Running with the Pack” Bears: “Bear Necessities” Webelos: “Cast Iron Chef”

If you are involved in Cub Scouting at a unit, district, or council level, join us and be one of the first to experience the new adventure-based Cub Scout program. Attend one of these four sessions at the Philmont Training Center this summer:

  • Week 3: June 22–28
  • Week 7: July 20–26
  • Week 8: July 27–August 2
  • Week 10: August 10–16

Each class will cover the same material—so the week you choose is up to you.

For all the latest information on the program updates for 2014 and beyond, visit

Camporee  NEW

The Boy Scout Camporee information is now available at the link listed below.

Camporee Information

Boy Scout Summer Camp NEW

The 2013 Camp MK Brown Summer Camp information is now available at the link below.  In addition to Camp MK Brown, we are offering a separate camp at Camp Don Harrington called “Summer Blast-Camp Commander”.  This is for all Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts ages 13 and up.  NO Merit Badges will be offered but we will offer lots of FUN.  Look for the information below!

Information Flyer

Memorials and Tributes

None this month

Eagle Scouts

None official at this time

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