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BSA Publishes a New Eagle Project Book
BSA published a new Eagle Scout Project Workbook on May 20, 2014:
Here is a link to instructions on how to download the new workbook:
Third Way to Wear Eagle Scout Palms -
In January of 2014, the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee approved a third place on the Scout uniform for wearing Eagle Palms. Traditionally, Eagle Palms were and are worn on the Eagle medal ribbon by youth and adults and on the Eagle Scout Square Knot or the National Eagle Scout Association Square Knot by adults. In 2014, youth may also wear Eagle Palms directly on their Eagle Scout oval cloth patches. Placement on the patches is not specified. Read more at
Eagle Scout—Merit Beyond the Badge!
A must read: Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society.
Download pdf: "Boy-Scouts-Report"
Merit Badge Opportunities - NEW POSTING!!!
November 1 and 8, 2014 Woodwork Merit Badge (8:30 until 1:00 with open shop after that until 2:00 pm) Jackson Park Ministries Woodshop
Sessions will be offered again by Jim Emery of Troop 80 and the Charlotte Woodworkers Association. Both sessions are required to complete the merit badge. As with any merit badge, please read the merit badge pamphlet before coming to the session. Cost for the session is Free. Material costs, depending on your project. The cost will be up to the scout. The association will supply the pen kit.
Registration by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Include Troop #, email address and contact phone # JPM Warehouse Facility, 4001-B Sentry Post Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
(Cross street: West Blvd & Billy Graham)
Merit Badge Updates
On Saturday, 02/08/2014, 24 Scouts gathered at the UNCC Student Union where they checked in for Astronomy Merit Badge class with physics professor Dr. Susan Trammell and her teaching team of staff and undergraduate and graduate students. After an introductory session on refracting and reflecting telescopes in the lab, Scouts participated in a demonstration of photon capture as cotton balls rained down from a balcony into different size buckets to show the advantage of large diameter telescopes to capture light. When the sky cleared at lunchtime, Scouts used filtered telescopes outside to see sun spots and solar prominences and learned about the magnetic fields that cause them. Later during daylight they observed the seas and highlands of the moon. They learned about regolith (moon dust) and crater ejecta blankets by splashing "meteor" balls into trays of flour topped with cocoa dust.
After lunch, Scouts used hands-on instruments for light analysis and spectography and heat imaging, all important tools of astronomy. They practiced the orbital positions of the sun, earth, and moon to show moon phases and solar and lunar eclipses. They used Starry Night software to learn about constellations and planetary motion. The day ended with a walk to the UNCC Observatory for observations of the planet Jupiter and 4 of its moons, the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, and the moon along the lunar day-night terminator line to see outlines of craters.
The Scouts appreciated the work of Dr. Trammell and all of her staff in creating for them such a fine and fun experience in learning science at UNCC.