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Earning Leaves

Both age and school grade eligibility will be factors in placement and advancemenThrough the accumulation of Leaves, boys earn their Branch Awards. Leaves are earned by actively participating in meetings as well as completion of activities and projects.

 

Leaves at Meetings

Within the Woodlands Trail program, every meeting plan includes instructional materials that are organized around one or more of the seven general areas of instruction (Branches). A boy's participation in the meeting earns him Leaves toward the Branches identified in the meeting plan. Active participation in a regular meeting of the patrol, including completion of all elements within the meeting, will earn the boy two (2) leaves. The Leaves may be assigned to multiple Branches, as listed within the provided lesson plan.

Leaves for Activities

In addition to meetings, boys participate in numerous supplemental activities. Activities can take many forms ranging from weekend events, after-school events, overnight events, camping trips, or a summer adventure. Active participation in a planned activity of the Troop or patrol, including completion of all elements within the activity, will earn the boy either three (3) or five (5) Leaves.

For activities which do not require an overnight stay, the boy will earn three Leaves. For any activity which includes one (1) or more overnight stays (such as camping) the boy will earn five (5) leaves. The Leaves may be assigned to different branches, depending on the nature of the activity.

Leaves for Projects

Boys may be asked to complete projects. Projects may be individual in nature or may involve the patrol, Troop, or the boy's family or guardian(s). In every instance, projects must be assigned by the Ranger or Trail Guide and are not self-directed. Examples of projects may include the following: a food drive for a local soup kitchen or church pantry, visits to a nursing home, a clothing drive for the needy, park cleanups, or other projects that assist the community at large. For purposes of the Forest Badge, projects which take place within the confines of a regular patrol meeting may count only toward the Leaves earned for that meeting. See individual meeting plans for additional information.

Active participation in a planned project of the Troop or Patrol will earn the boy either three (3) or five (5) leaves, depending on the nature of the project.

For projects which do not require an overnight stay, the boy will earn three (3) Leaves. For any projects which includes one (1) or more overnight stays the boy will earn five (5) leaves. The Leaves may be assigned to different branches, depending on the nature of the project.

Leaves for Family Activities

The Trailman may earn one (1) leaf for completing the assigned Family activity portion of the lesson plan up to a maximum of two (2) leaves per branch and an additional two (2) leaves per Sylvan Star. The Trail Guide determines the criteria for evaluation of completion and has the sole discretion to allow leaf credit. Evaluation methods may include discussion with the Trailman about how he completed the activity or evidence of completion (pictures, paperwork, and memorization) as appropriate for the activity but should be clearly communicated to the Trailman when the activity is discussed. Trail Guides may substitute another family activity for the Family portion of the lesson plan to take advantage of local opportunities. Leaf credit will be on the same branch as the lesson plan from which it is based. Trail Guides may determine which branch to award credit for the family activity when a lesson plan awards split credit. For instance, if the lesson plan awards one Heritage leaf and one Values leaf, the Trail Guide determines whether completion of the Family activity earns one Heritage leaf or one Values leaf.

Additional Opportunities for Leaves

The Woodlands Trail program consists of two years' worth of prewritten meeting plans for each of the age groups (Fox, Hawk, Mountain Lion). Collectively, the meeting plans provide opportunities for leaves in each one of the seven branches to varying degrees. Trail Life USA empowers local Trail Guides with great flexibility in crafting a tailor-made curriculum for local Units.

Also essential to the Trailman experience are leaf opportunities in addition to those within the provided meeting plans. Unique local events such as meetings that take place in the 5th week of a month, service projects, additional overnight adventures, special projects, and additional summertime meetings or camps will allow boys to earn additional necessary leaves in select branches.

Tracking Leaves

The Trail Guide records the leaves earned by each boy. The boy's parents or guardians may track the leaves as well. Boys may be presented leaf symbols or similar tokens for the leaves they have earned. Leaf tokens are not worn on the uniform.

 
 
 

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