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District Advancement News -- March 7, 2019


2019 Two Rivers District Dinner:

  • Saturday, April 6th. Hosted by Troop 295 in Piqua

  • Location and Time: Covington Eagles Lodge at 6:00 pm

  • Register online at the Council website


Two Rivers Advancement Committee

Bernie Barhorst (Chair)    937-778-0369 (home) or 937-570-0130 (cell)

Dale Wical (Shelby contact)    937-492-2712 (home) or 937-658-4172 (cell)

Steve Lawrence             Ron Harbaugh                Dick Loffer

Donna Mills                     Jim Ridgeway                 Elaine Shuga

Please note:

 Dale Wical will be taking the reins as the District Advancement Chair starting on Sunday, April 7th. I will continue to be the Eagle contact person for Miami County Scouts and Dale will continue as the contact for Shelby County.

I have had a very rewarding tenure as District Advancement chair since taking over this position for the second time in October of 2016. I am remaining on the committee and will provide as much help and direction for our new chair as he and the committee wishes.

Thanks to everyone who made this experience a good one for me.

Bernie Barhorst


If you have an Advancement question or concern, please contact someone from the Advancement team, and we will see what we can do to help you.



(Question about Eagle required merit badges on the back)

Question:         A Scout has earned the Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming

merit badges. How many can he use for his Star Rank?

Answer:           He may use one, two, or all three for his Star rank. Even

though all three of the merit badges come from the same required group, the 2017 edition of the Guide to Advancement (cited below) states that any Eagle required merit badge may be used for the Star and Life ranks, even those in the same grouping. BUT…only one counts as required for the Eagle rank. Others could be used as electives.

2017 Guide to Advancement excerpt Earning Eagle-Required Merit Badges for Star or Life Rank

Candidates for Star or Life, in the selection of “any four” or “any three,” respectively, of the merit badges required for Eagle, may choose from all those listed, including where alternatives are available: Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving; Cycling OR Hiking OR Swimming; and Environmental Science OR Sustainability. For example, if a Scout earns Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, all three of them count as Eagle-required for Life rank. Only one, however, would serve toward the required merit badges for the Eagle Scout rank. The other two would count toward the optional merit badges required to make up the total of 21 merit badges.

Note that Star and Life requirements each allow two non-Eagle-required merit badges. It is the Scout’s decision, however, to earn more—or all—of his Star and Life badges from the Eagle-required list.


There is no Roundtable during the months of June and July, and the August Roundtable is the District Kick-Off, usually held in a place other than the LDS Church. Watch your emails to see when and where the Kick-Off is going to be held.

Reminder: Scouts need to ask their references to send letters of recommendation to the Council office. These letters can be requested as early as the start of the Scout’s Eagle Service Project. Letters should NEVER be given to or sent to the Scout.


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