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The Good News about Scouting!

If your child enjoys being part of Boy Scouts, consider yourself blessed!   Scouting can be one of THE ABSOLUTE BEST things you can do for college!

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If your child is working toward an Eagle Scout, it can almost guarantee success.  Every single thing you do in scouting is educational and can be put on the transcript somewhere. Usually I see the hours spent with Boy Scouts recorded as PE.  All of the camping and hiking can be part of his PE credit.  There are a million names you can call it - you can use names on the badges, too.  Just estimate hours ("16 hours this weekend plus 40 hours that week equals...." that sort of thing.)  But in general, when your child is involved in scouting, and they do the scouting activities that are required, my job is just to remind you to include those in your PE hours.

Some kids focus more on academic activities within scouting, and others focus on the physical activities.  Remember the Golden Rule of Credits:  No Double Dipping.  When you count the hours of scouting, you can't use the same hours for two different classes.  You can, however, say that some scouting hours are for PE and the other scouting hours are for volunteer work or other classes.  Although double dipping is a no-no, for many kids there are more than enough hours in their scouting year to cover more than one course.

Eagle Scout is "golden" and how it fits well with the Congressional Award.  Here is the link if you want to read more about the Congressional Award.

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Guest - Christy (website) on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 04:57

This is terrific information! My son is working on Eagle as well. I have already looked at how admissions officers luv them...but so much here that we haven't even thought of.

This is terrific information! My son is working on Eagle as well. I have already looked at how admissions officers luv them...but so much here that we haven't even thought of.
Guest - Julie (website) on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 18:01

There is a great Yahoo group -- ScoutSchool -- that discusses integrating Scouting into school. It's amazing how quickly the credit hours add up with the different merit badge opportunities. Our almost-17 year old just had his ECOH, and the 15 year old is not too far behind. We were shocked at the myriad of scholarships available through NESA.

They're (slowly) working on their Congressional Awards, and also keeping track of community service through the President's Volunteer Service Award site (http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/). It's nice to have someone do the tracking for you!

There is a great Yahoo group -- ScoutSchool -- that discusses integrating Scouting into school. It's amazing how quickly the credit hours add up with the different merit badge opportunities. Our almost-17 year old just had his ECOH, and the 15 year old is not too far behind. We were shocked at the myriad of scholarships available through NESA. They're (slowly) working on their Congressional Awards, and also keeping track of community service through the President's Volunteer Service Award site (http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/). It's nice to have someone do the tracking for you!
Guest - GInny (website) on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 13:48

I never thought about giving my son PE credit for his Scouting adventures. He is currently working on his Eagle at 15yo. He volunteers with the Cub Scout Troop and works at camp every year. He has a passion for scouting and encourages others to participate. Thank you for sharing this information.

I never thought about giving my son PE credit for his Scouting adventures. He is currently working on his Eagle at 15yo. He volunteers with the Cub Scout Troop and works at camp every year. He has a passion for scouting and encourages others to participate. Thank you for sharing this information.
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