Boy Scouts

What is Boy Scouting

Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities.

Purpose of the BSA

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.

Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.

Eagle Project Information

A step by step guide on how to get your Eagle Project approved and eventually obtain Eagle in the District.

Eagle Project Approval Sequence:

  1. Develop project in conjunction with unit leadership and appropriate organization. Remember that it MUST be a not for profit organization and may not be for your scout unit or for scouting in general.  It is the practice of the Del-Mi District that Blood Drives are not approved as an Eagle Projects.
  2. Write preliminary plan in Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (sometime referred to as the Life to Eagle Packet).
  3. Secure all unit level signatures in workbook prior to seeking district approval to begin your project.  You MAY NOT begin your project until final approval is given. 
  4. Contact Dave Bardos at david.bfor District approval.
  5. Present project in Life to Eagle Packet for final approval to Mr. Bardos or his designee:
    1. 2nd Thursday of the month- Del-Mi Round Table, Noblesville UMC, 6:45 p.m.
    2. 3rd Thursday of the month- District Eagle Boards of Review, Noblesville UMC, 6:45 p.m.
    3. 4th Thursday of the month- District Commissioner meeting, Noblesville UMC, 6:45 p.m.

    Procedure for completing the process:

    1. Once the project is completed
      1. Complete write-up in Life to Eagle Packet
      2. Check all dates on the official Eagle Rank application (especially all merit badge and advancement dates)
      3. Complete a scoutmaster conference
        ****All merit badge work, project approval and completion, and scoutmaster conference MUST be completed prior to your 18th birthday***
      4. Ask references to complete and submit reference form to council service center.
      5. Place all appropriate materials (application, write-up, photographs, letters, flyers used in project, solicitation letters, merit badge cards, etc.) in an Eagle Scout folder.  This can be a 3 ring binder, appropriately labeled and divided.
      6. Submit your folder to the Scout Education and Program Center in Indianapolis.
      7. Any delays longer than a month past the 18th birthday may require a letter of explanation.
      8. Once the dates and materials are checked for accuracy, the Scout Office will notify Mr. Bardos that your Eagle Packet has been approved and you are cleared for a Board of Review.  He will contact you to set up a date and time for the review to take place.
        1. Boards of Review are set for the 3rd Thursday of the month and are held at the 1st Noblesville United Methodist Church.  An hour is generally allotted for the review although it may take longer.  Times are 7:00 and possibly 8:00 depending on the number of boys to be reviewed.
        2. Boys are generally introduced by their Scoutmaster or designee.  That person may remain in the review unless they are a parent of the youth.
        3. Boys should present themselves in uniform and should bring their Boy Scout Handbook.
        4. A key component of all reviews will be evidence gleaned through the interview that the youth is living the scout oath and law in his daily life.
        5. Excellent working knowledge of the oath, law, motto, slogan, symbolism, and history of Scouting is essential.
        6. Following a successful review the application will be signed by members of the Board and all materials will be given to the Scoutmaster or designee.  That person then will take the folder to the Scout Office for final processing through the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America.  Your Scoutmaster will then be notified when final approval is granted.
        7. In the event of an unsuccessful review the following will take place:
          1. The youth will be told specifically where he failed in his review.  This will be done orally and in a follow-up letter to the boy and his parents.  A second review may then be scheduled if the Board feels it is appropriate.
          2. If the Board determines that the nature of the failure is such that no additional review will be granted the youth may appeal that decision in writing to the District Advancement Committee.  If that appeal fails, the youth may appeal in writing to the Council Advancement Committee.  If that appeal fails the youth may appeal in writing to the National Advancement Committee.  At any step along the way the youth may be granted another board of review.
          3. Extension beyond the 18th birthday for completion of requirements and the project are given in extraordinary circumstances but must be requested in writing prior to the 18th birthday and must be accompanied by fully documented evidence supporting the request.  That request may be denied by the District Advancement Committee and may then be appealed in writing following to procedure outlined above in 4b.

          Order of the Arrow

          Attached to this webpage is the Unit Leader's Guide to OA Unit Elections. The guide includes instructions on how to request an OA Unit Election Team to conduct your election. Your request will be completed online. The guide also includes information for the unit leader and forms to use during your election.

          2014 Spring Ordeal Candidate Packet

          Unit Leader Guide to OA Elections

          If you have any questions, please call Chapter Advisor Kevin Aldrich