Monday, April 12, 2010

Trail to Eagle Week - Date Change & Pre-Reqs

Trail to Eagle Specialty Camp
Week 5 - July 25-31, 2010*
Camp Minsi - Minsi Trail Council, BSA

Join us for an exciting specialty week at Camp Minsi this summer. The new "Trail to Eagle" specialty camp program will be run for one week only this summer at Camp Minsi! Scouts are invited to come to camp to participate in this exclusive opportunity to work specifically on four Eagle-required Merit Badges, planning and understanding Eagle leadership projects, understanding the specific parts of the Trail to Eagle process, and experiencing advanced leadership development. Due to the Boy Scout's National Jamboree and centennial celebration at the end of July, we have decided to change the week of this program to accomodate more Scouts; the special one-week program will now be run July 25-31, 2010 at Camp Minsi.

Scouts will gave an opporturnty to earn Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, and Personal Management Merit Badges. Scouts will spend the week as a member of the special Trail to Eagle Troop, which will have adult staff Scoutmasters to supervise them in their own Troop site as they function in a model Boy Scout troop.

Be prepared! Some Merit Badge requirements involve a long time span or special conditions to complete; such requirement must be completed prior to camp. Pre-requirements must be done to the satisfaction and standards of the Camp Minsi Trail to Eagle counselors. The pre-requirements (listed below) will not be completed in camp and should be completed by Scouts prior to coming to camp.

Due to the advanced level of the program, Scouts must be at least 14-years-old (as of June 1, 2010) and have attained the rank of First Class in order to participate in the Trail to Eagle program at Camp Minsi.

Spaces are limited, sign your Scout up for the Trail to Eagle specialty week at Camp Minsi today!

Rates: $260 per Scout

Questions: Contact Mike Wiencek, Camp Minsi Program Director at

Register: Contact Jane Chase, Field & Camping Secretary at the Minsi Trails Council office (610-465-8568 or

Merit Badges Pre-reqs:
Citizenship in the Nation
2. Do TWO of the following:
a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country's citizens.

Citizenship in the World
7. Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned:
a. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
b. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
d. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

3. Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group. (Have speech written and prepared, it will be given at camp)

8. Plan a troop court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.
Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak. (Conduct interview prior to camp)

Personal Management
2. Do the following:
a. Prepare a budget reflecting your expected income (allowance, gifts, wages), expenses, and savings. Track your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks. (You may use the forms provided in this pamphlet, devise your own, or use a computer generated version.) When complete, present the results to your merit badge counselor.
b. Compare expected income with expected expenses.
1. If expenses exceed income, determine steps to balance your budget.
2. If income exceeds expenses, state how you would use the excess money (new goal, savings).

8.Demonstrate to your merit badge counselor your understanding of time management by doing the following:
a. Write a "to do" list of tasks or activities, such as homework assignments, chores, and personal projects, that must be done in the coming week. List these in order of importance to you.
b. Make a seven-day calendar or schedule. Put in your set activities, such as school classes, sports practices or games, jobs or chores, and/or Scout or church or club meetings, then plan when you will do all the tasks from your "to do" list between your set activities.
c. Follow the one-week schedule you planned. Keep a daily diary or journal during each of the seven days of this week's activities, writing down when you completed each of the tasks on your "to do" list compared to when you scheduled them.
d. Review your "to do" list, one-week schedule, and diary/journal to understand when your schedule worked and when it did not work. With your merit badge counselor, discuss and understand what you learned from this requirement and what you might do differently the next time.

9.Prepare a written project plan demonstrating the steps below, including the desired outcome. This is a project on paper, not a real-life project. Examples could include planning a camping trip, developing a community service project or a school or religious event, or creating an annual patrol plan with additional activities not already included in the troop annual plan. Discuss your completed project plan with your merit badge counselor.
a. Define the project. What is your goal?
b. Develop a timeline for your project that shows the steps you must take from beginning to completion.
c. Describe your project.
d. Develop a list of resources. Identify how these resources will help you achieve your goal.
e. If necessary, develop a budget for your project.

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