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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.

During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes:

  • Time extensions for qualifying Scouts and Venturers working on the Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards. Local councils will have the authority to grant this extension through the end of September 2020.
  • The ability to accept electronic signatures for rank advancement and award applications — effective now through the end of September 2020.
  • An option to complete Scoutmaster conferences via videoconferencing. (Section 4.2.3.5 of the Guide to Advancement says Scoutmasters “should not” conduct Scoutmaster conferences online; it doesn’t say “must not.” The new COVID-19 guidance clarifies that this practice is OK, as long as Youth Protection rules are followed.)
  • An option for parents or other adults in a Cub Scout’s family to sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements — effective now through the end of July 2020.
  • An option for Scoutmasters to allow time missed during the COVID-19 outbreak to count toward requirements for participation and positions of responsibility.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Time extensions for Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards

Normally granted only in rare circumstances, the BSA and its local councils will allow extensions for Life Scouts needing more time to finish their Eagle Scout requirements. The authority for councils to grant this extension is effective immediately and continues through Sept. 30, 2020.

Extensions also are available for Venturers needing to finish Summit Award requirements and Sea Scouts needing to finish Quartermaster Award requirements beyond their 21st birthday.

These extensions are reviewed case by case, and not all Scouts will qualify. To get an extension through a local council, Scouts must meet the following requirements:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the Guide to Advancement.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application.
  4. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st.
  5. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete Youth Protection training. Their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  6. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

A note for council administrators: Once the council approves an extension, the council’s administrator will need to go into Member Manager to activate the COVID-19 extension. This will automatically add the three-month extension and allow the youth to continue working past their 18th/21st birthdays. (They’ll still need to be registered as UP/VP after “aging out.”) This flag will then show on the member’s profile.

For more guidance for Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts advancement, read the complete FAQs.

Eagle Board of Review Report – February 2020

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in February 2020.

Graham W. Troop 514, Graham’s project was improving the drainage at St Vincent DePaul’s garden.
Liam K. Troop 180 , Liam’s project was taking down and rebuilding garden beds at St Richard’s Episcopal School.
Peter C. Troop 18, Peter’s project was to clear an area for a bench and free library for Munsee Circle
Alex R. Troop 343, Alex’s project was extending the fencing at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Woodrow M. Troop 174, Woodrow’s project was the improvement by adding outdoor play equipment at St Luke’s Preshool.
Dylan D. Troop 514. Dylan’s project was building a new shelter for the STEM Connection.
Congratulations Scouts!

Eagle Board of Review Report – November

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in November, 2019.

Chris Luciani Troop 358 – Chris’ Eagle project was building an engraved brick walkway in Whitestown honoring veterans.
Nicholas Sadenwater Troop 343 – Nicholas’ Eagle project involved restoring the outdoor lab area at Pike High School.
Louis Gachotte Troop 18 – Louis’ Eagle project was landscaping a “Catio” – Cat Patio at FACE.
Jon Matutes Troop 18 – Jon’s Eagle project involved creating a middle school band mentoring program for Washington Township schools.
Justin McQuiston Troop 269 – Justin’s Eagle project was building a frisbee golf course and updating the firepit at The Fitness Farm.
Matt Hurley Troop 180 – Matt’s Eagle project was to build a walkway to a nature preserve near St Peters Methodist Church.
Kyle Booth Troop 343 –  Kyle’s Eagle project was to build a soccer passback and benches at Giesle.
Congratulations Scouts!

Eagle Board of Review Report – October

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in October, 2019.

Walter Perkins Troop 73 whose Eagle project was creating native bird cutouts for Marian University’s Eco lab.
Garret Malmborg Troop 358 whose Eagle project was replacing the exterior doors at the Caring Center of Noblesville,
Clark Garrison Troop 18 whose Eagle project was building a soccer shed for St Theodore Catholic High School.
Patrick Ryan Troop 18 whose Eagle project was replacing tree tags and plaques at Holiday Park
Congratulations Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – December 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (December 2018):

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DECEMBER 2018 EAGLESThese four Scouts led the completion of over 650 project hours and earned three Eagle Palms between them (two Bronze and one Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

Leadership Change Announcement

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North Star District is pleased to announce that Micheal (Mike) Smith has agreed to become the North Star Eagle Board Coordinator.  Mike’s home unit is Troop 269.eagle-scout-medal

Jerry Simon has served in this role for years and we thank him for his selfless service to the district.  They will meet and transition over the next few months.  Mike Smith has set up a special email address to use to communicate to the Eagle Board members:  northstareagleboard@gmail.com.

Please welcome Mike to his new role and give thanks to Jerry for his great contributions to the district!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – November 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (November 2018):

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NOVEMBER 2018 EAGLESThese two Scouts led the completion of over 230 project hours and earned two Eagle Palms between them (one Bronze and one Gold).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – October 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (October 2018):

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OCTOBER 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 830 project hours, and three Scouts earned three Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze and 1 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!

New EAGLE SCOUTS – September 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following Scouts who passed their Boards of Review this month (September 2018):

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SEPTEMBER 2018 EAGLESThis group led the completion of over 1167 project hours, and five Scouts earned five Eagle Palms between them (2 Bronze, 1 Gold and 2 Silver).  Hearty Congratulations Eagle Scouts!