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Program Preview for 2017/18

What: Annual Five Trails District Program Preview (for the following year)
When: Monday, May 15, at 7:00 pm (sharp)
Where: PPUMC, 1615 Airport Fwy. (TX 183), Irving, TX 75062 
Details: Program will be presented with time for Q&A. One copy of the printed Program Preview will be available for each unit in attendance. 
Also: Refreshments should be interesting!! 


For more information about your Eagle Projects, Advancement, and Boards of Review, please contact the Five Trails District Advancement Committee, Vice Chair for Eagle Issues, Rufus Woody III, via e-mail at Emails to this address will also go to the Five Trails District Advancement Chair, Dave Adams, who can help address non-Eagle-related advancement issues. 


Five Trails District Advancement Committee Chair

The Five Trails District Advancement Committee Chair is  Dave Adams, Troop 845, Coppell.

David has concluded several years of service as an ASM in Troop 845 as well as having run the Five Trails District's MB Colleges the last few years. You may contact him via email at



Five Trails District Advancement Committee

The Five Trails District Advancement Committee consists of: 

Dave Adams, Chair     214-392-3472
John Cheyney
Bobby Finken
Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator
John Hayes   972-964-7007
Joel Henry   214-505-1695
Daniel Murphy
Gary Scott
Eric Shipp
Vice Chair - Boy Scout Advancement
Dwin Towell
Kathy Whitgrove
Vice Chair - Cub Scout Advancement
Rufus Woody III
Vice-chair - Eagle Issues












Effective February 22, 2015


The term "advancement" means "rank advancement" in BSA.  This can mean several things, depending on where a Scout is in his Scouting career:  

    • Brand new Scouts
      • Brand new Scouts are learning about Scouting; they must learn very basic life skills and information about their new Boy Scout unit; their first rank is Scout
    • The trail to First Class
      • As a new Scout advances in rank, he will gain newer, more important life skills and Scouting skills that allow him to enjoy the outdoor activities his unit will participate in.  His rank goes from Tenderfoot to Second Class to First Class, with the skill level and number of experiences growing as his rank level rises. Scouts in these earlier ranks also begin learning about giving service to others, including teaching Scouting skills to younger Scouts.  
    • The trail from Star to Life 
      • As a First Class Scout begins earning Merit Badges, some of which must be Eagle-required MBs, and learns to perform more service to others.  To earn the Star rank, some unit leadership is also required.  To earn Life rank, more MBs (including more Eagle-required MBs) are required; more leadership is required, and more service to others is performed.  Each level of rank advancement is more challenging than the previous rank, as you would expect.  
    • The trail from Life to Eagle
      • When a Life Scout aspires to become an Eagle Scout, more MBs are required, more and longer leadership is required, and an Eagle Scout Service Project is required.  This Eagle Scout Project has some guidelines;  
        • The Project benefit the Eagle Candidate's "community". 
        • The Eagle Candidate must demonstrate leadership in getting the Project accomplished, which is different than actually doing the Project himself.  
        • Funds to accomplish the Project must be raised by the Eagle Candidate in an appropriate manner and from approved sources. The Eagle Candidate will need to account for all funds raised, document all funds spent, and return any unused funds to an appropriate community resource/organization
        • Safety during Project execution is of primary concern.  
        • Planning the Project and accounting for the time of all Project workers, including the Eagle Candidate is essential.  

For each rank a Scout advances beyond the initial rank of Scout, he must demonstrate to his unit leader that he has lived by the ideals of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, and Scout Slogan in his daily life.  He must undergo a Scoutmaster Conference.  He must also meet a Board of Review whose members are composed of the unit's Committee members; the purpose of this review is to discuss with the Scout his experiences during his recent rank advancement and to solicit input for improvement of the unit.  

For more detailed information on advancement to specific ranks, refer to the Boy Scout Handbook.  

For more detailed information about Merit Badges, see this web page ==> here.  Note that this page also contains sites which reference rank advancement resources for Scout thru First Class in addition to MB information.  

For more detailed information on becoming an Eagle Scout, see this web site ==> here.  



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