Col. Flagg Okay, I'll bite.
How about this scenario?
Disconnect the palms from rank advancement. They really aren't rank anyway.
A boy joins up at 11 years of age and starts rank and MB processes.
Here's the next step: AFTER he has attained all of his Eagle required MB's the clock starts running.
At this point he is doing both Rank and MB records.
Let's say he's reached the rank of TF at 13 years of age (some scouts already have Eagle by then.) Assume also he has his 21 Eagle required MB's done. No last minute panic at age 17. So he puts in his 4 months of POR/Leadership for Star and has an extra 5 MB's. So he puts in 3 more months of POR/Leadership at TF and gains palm #1. Another 3 months of POR/Leadership and 5 more MB's for palm #2. Now he's 14, Star Scout with 2 palms.
He puts in 6 months POR/Leadership for Life. Remember all his Eagle required have been done. So he continues on with 3 months POR/Leadership and another 5 MB's for palm #3, does it again for Palm #4. He's now 15 Life scout with 4 palms.
He puts in his 6 months POR/Leadership for Eagle and has his ECOH at age 15.5. Every three months and 5 MB's he adds for another palm. He has two years and can earn 8 more palms easily with an additional 40 MB's providing he does continue POR/Leadership along the way.
Every palm could have just a SMC to check on his involvement and encourage him in his Scouting journey.
I have no idea why BSA allows only 4 months Star, 6 months Life, and 6 months Eagle for POR/Leadership when with the palm track, he could do continual POR/Leadership throughout his scouting career for credit.
We've had the discussion for the boy getting saddled with 12 month POR requirements for SPL, DC National award, etc. and basically either dropping DC or being penalized for dropping out of SPL before his "term" is up. Those kinds of things are unacceptable. The boy does the work, he should get the credit. During a 1 year "term" as SPL, the boy should be able to gain credit for a rank advancement or two or a rank advancement and 2 palms with 10 MB's.
Sitting around waiting to get an Eagle rank while accumulating MB's of no value towards palms is a real buzz kill for the go-getter Scout.
Edited by Stosh, 10 July 2017 - 01:18 PM.