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Temporary Eagle Extension Available 

This article is from Scouting Magazine May/June 2019 page 8

The Boy Scouts of America will offer a one-time limited exception to its age requirements for the Eagle Scout Award, giving new youth members, male and female, a fair chance to earn the program's top honor.

Traditionally, BSA rules say young people can no longer earn Eagle once they turn 18. But for 16- and 17-year-olds who are new to the BSA -- even those who joined on the Feb. 1, 2019, launch day of Scouts BSA -- there likely isn't enough time to earn Eagle before their 18th birthday.

By offering this one-time extension, the BSA's volunteer-led National Executive Committee is saying everyone deserves a chance to work toward Eagle.

Additionally, the BSA announce that, instead of recognizing a first female Eagle Scout, it will honor an inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, Young women who earn Eagle by the end of 2020 will be included in this history-making group.

The move give these Scouts time to meet all requirements while encouraging them to enjoy the journey toward Eagle rather than simply racing to the finish line.

Who is eligible for the temporary extension?

Eligibility is based on two factors:

  1. The young person's age as of Feb. 1, 2019: To be eligible, the young man or young woman must be at least 16 but not yet 18 on Feb. 1, 2019.
  2. The date the young person joined: To be eligible, the young man or young woman must register as a member of the BSA on or before Dec. 31, 2019.

In the interest of fairness, these temporary transition rules apply to all youth joining the BSA during 2019 -- both girls and first-time-joining boys.

Boys who were members of a Boy Scout troop before Feb. 1, 2019, aren't considered first-time-joining boys and therefore are not eligible for the extension. The thinking there is that they've always had the opportunity to join Scouting and could've started working toward Eagle as early as age 11.

How long is the extension?

Young people can apply for an extension lasting up to 24 months from the initial date of registration. For example: A young woman or young man who joined BSA on Feb. 1, 2019, would have until Feb. 1, 2021, to complete their requirements -- even if that young person turns 18 during that span.

How does a Scout apply for the extension?

Youth who want to apply for the extension must talk to their unit leader(s) to request the extension. The leader then accesses the youth's profile in My.Scouting. If the Scout is eligible, the leader will see an option to indicate that the youth has asked for the extension. This request goes to the National Service Center in Texas. Once the request is approved, the youth -- along with their parent, unit leader and council representative -- will receive an email with confirmation as well as the expiration date of the extension. --Bryan Wendell

Advancement Form Resolutions

Now that we have recognized our Eagle Scouts we need to realize that they all arrived at that point because of proper use of Advancement Forms. From our Advancement Chair comes the following issues and common problems with advancement forms:

  • One line representing multiple youth (e.g., name field entered as "10 boys" or "10 girls" - need one line per award).  Remember: One line--one youth
  • Multiple rank advancements shown on same form with different dates (e.g., one youth shows Tenderfoot as 9/21, another youth shows Life as 10/03 - all rank advancements on a form must show same date and agree with large box on right side of form, which should also agree with what is entered in youth's Scout Handbook).  One date for each advancement form, no exceptions!
  • Date from merit badge blue card differs from what shows on form. Whatever date the counselor signs on the blue card should be entered verbatim on advancement form.

Information about ScoutBook is here.

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