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Advancement – Solar Eclipse Patch

The BSA has introduced a new patch for the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. Since some of the best viewing is right here in Nebraska, I’m sure some of you have already made arrangements to view the eclipse. So if you already plan on viewing the eclipse, why not earn this patch.

There won’t be another total solar eclipse over the United States until 2024. After that, you must wait until 2045. In other words, when Aug. 21 arrives, make sure you’re ready.

How to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch

1. Locate a site suitable for viewing the eclipse. Search Google for “eclipse viewing” and the name of your city or town to find events near you.
2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look directly at these tips from NASA on how to view the eclipse safely.
3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse.
Post your comments and eclipse photos on social media using the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.
4.Do the following:
Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts: Draw a diagram of the positions of the moon, earth, and sun to show how the solar eclipse occurs.
Venturers: Research Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s 1919 experiment and discuss how it confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
5. Ask your unit leader to buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch.

More ideas

Find more ways to make the most of this STEM-heavy celestial event at

Follow this link for more information and links to the NASA site.

Here’s how to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch on Aug. 21

If you decide to earn it; please let me, Julie Anderson, or Mr. A. know at the troop meeting on August 21.

Enjoy the amazing event!
Pam Anderson
Troop 42 Co-Advancement Coordinator

Troop goals set for 2017-2018

The goals the PLC developed at the summer Annual Planning Conference to plan this program are:

-Every scout ranks up at least once by the end of the year or JTE gold advancement category
-Achieve gold level JTE (9 campouts)
-Every scout sells $600 popcorn or greens or camp cards
-Continue advancement of new scouts
-Organize a troop high adventure
-promote more challenging program for older scouts
-service projects for church

Look for opportunities to achieve the goal on the troop calendar and program features in the coming months.

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