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Life-to-Eagle Coach

(BSA position code: MC)

Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.

D&C 107:99

The Purposes of Your Calling: The Life-to-Eagle Coach is a member of the Scout Committee. Under the direction of the Scout Committee Chair and in conjunction with the Scoutmaster, the Life-to-Eagle Coach is a mentor and a guide for Scouts who have reached Life Rank and seek to earn the Rank of Eagle. They provide assistance as requested by the Scout and also serve as a liaison between the District Eagle Committee and the Troop leaders.

An ideal Eagle Coach would be someone who understands the Eagle Rank requirements, has had previous experience in Scouting, and is a good role model.

Eagle Coaches are trained by and work under the direction of the District Eagle Committee.

Explanation:
Life Scouts who use a trained Life-to-Eagle Coach are 90% more likely to receive project approval from the District the first time they submit their project.

The purposes of LDS Scouting are twofold. Those of the Aaronic Priesthood:

  1. Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.
  2. Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.
  3. Give meaningful service.
  4. Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.
  5. Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.
  6. Obtain as much education as possible.
  7. Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.
  8. Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.

(Handbook 2 8.1.3)

Second, it is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on the Scout Oath and Law. The aims of Scouting are to develop in youth (1) a strong ethical character, (2) an active, participating citizenship, including leadership ability, and (3) personal fitness: physical, mental, emotional and moral.

Guidelines of Your Stewardship:

Your calling as the Life-to-Eagle Coach has many important responsibilities in Scouting:

  1. A Life-to-Eagle Coach should be designated for every Scout when he reaches the Life Rank.
  2. A Scout may request a specific registered Scouter as his Eagle Coach, subject to the Scoutmaster’s approval.
  3. The Scout may choose not to accept the assistance of the Eagle Coach, but should be counseled on the value a mentor adds.
  4. Neither the Scout Committee Advancement Chair, Scoutmaster or the scout’s parent should be his Eagle Mentor
  5. The role of the designated Eagle Coach is intended to be a close, frequent association.
  6. Complete Scout Committee Training.
  7. Work with Scout Advancement Chair to ensure all merit badges and rank dates are correctly entered into Scoutbook so the Scout Internet Advancement Member
    Summary is correct (to be included in each Scout’s Eagle Packet).
  8. Help Scout as requested and as needed at the following times:
    1. Review Eagle project proposal, referring to guidelines on website, prior to the Scout
      submitting it for approval.
    2. Review project plan after the Scout has made revisions suggested by the committee prior to project approval (if any)
    3. Encourage a parent to attend the Approval Board with the Scout so that they understand the process. You are also encouraged to attend.
    4. Review the final packet paperwork, comparing it to the website information, to ensure it is complete before the Scout submits his packet prior to his Eagle Board of Review.
    5. If the Scout’s leader is unable to attend the Eagle Board of Review, you may attend and present the Scout to the Board (parents may also fulfill this role).
  9. Get position specific basic trained by BSA (information below) as soon as reasonably possible. Ideally within 30-days of being called.
  10. Attend monthly Stake Scout Leadership Training Council each month and, especially, quarterly District Scout Leadership Training Council for the District Eagle Coach training updates.
  11. Serve on at least two Eagle Board of Reviews.


Position Specific Basic Training

As a Life to Eagle Coach, you need to Register as an Adult Scout Leader with the Scout Office as a “Committee Member”, using position code MC.

While you are waiting for the Scout Office to process your paperwork, which will take about two weeks, we ask that you begin your position specific basic training, which consists of an online slide deck presentation, the same 17 online ScoutingU training classes that all members of the Scout Committee take, and an in person “Eagle Coach Certification Training”.

Before the First Meeting classes to be completed after being called, but before you are sustained. These courses are:

  • SCO_400 Scouting Organization for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_401 Role of the Unit Key 3 for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_402 Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting
  • SCO_403 Ideals and Beliefs of Boy Scouting
  • SCO_404 Scoutmaster and Patrol Leaders for Boy Scouting
  • These 5 classes will take a total of about 50 minutes.

Once you finished the Before the First Meeting classes, begin the First 30-days classes, which should be completed within 30-days of being sustained. These courses are:

  • SCO_405 Patrol Method for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_410 Patrol Leaders Council Meeting for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_411 Troop Meeting for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_412 Troop Committee for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_413 Troop Committee Meetings for Boy Scouting;
  • These 5 classes will take a total of about 50 minutes.

Next, please review the The Eagle Scout Service Project Coach slide deck presentation. This is not 100% relevant for your position as a Life-to-Eagle Coach, but it does contact valuable information.

Become familiar with the Life-to-Eagle Scout advancement process, including the project, requirements, and other information.

Finally, you will finish the last 7 ScoutingU position specific basic training classes, which should be completed during the second 30-days after being sustained. These courses are:

  • SCO_406 Outdoor Programs for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_407 Advancement for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_408 Uniforms for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_409 Leader Uniforms for Boy Scouting;
  • SCO_414 Annual Planning for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_415 Intro to Merit Badges for Boy Scouting
  • SCO_530 Journey to Excellence
  • These 7 classes will take a total of about an hour.

At this point you are a “Life-to-Eagle Mentor”. Twice per year (typically in about September and about March) the Utah National Parks Council Advancement Chair holds the capstone “Eagle Coach Certification Training” for Life-to-Eagle Coaches. Once you have completed this you are fully trained and are now a Life-to-Eagle Coach. While you are waiting for this training to be held register with the Zion District as a Life-to-Eagle Coach. Choose Little Valley Stake and then your Ward. Select Scouts/Young Men. Select D45 Eagle Coach. Fill out the form.

Continuing and additional training

You will need to retake Youth Protection Training at least once every other year, although annually is preferred.

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