47 Year-Old Eagle Scout

Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Robert Rubano, 47 Years Young

Robert Rubano, Scoutmaster of Troop 24 in New Dorp, Staten Island, finally earned the Eagle Scout rank, almost 30 years past his 18th birthday, the cut-off for such an achievement.

Rubano completed every requirement prior to his 18th birthday, as part of Troop 20 in Brooklyn, but a mix-up precluded him from completing his Board of Review. After presenting his case to the National Boy Scouts of America and the Greater New York Councils, he finally appeared before a GNYC Advancement Committee and was approved both locally and by the National BSA.

His story was featured in this piece from the Staten Island Advance. Rubano says, “I know this pleases my dad, but I’m still not going to medical school.”

News Release from Greater New York Councils – Congratulations to New Eagle Scout Robert Rubano, 47 Years Young

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Hey, I was just talking about something like this with some dads in my troop. We were talking about the board of review being held after the 18th birthday, but all the requirements having taken place before the birth date. I’m glad the national council gave a shot for someone who was denied his rank due to forces beyond his control. Excellent!

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Well done and congratulations!

As long as requirements are completed before the boy is 18 a Board of Review may be held later. Councils may approve a 90 day delay and national up to 180 days (typically).

By Marty Val Hill, SPHR on November 9th, 2009 at 1:39 pm


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