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Eagle Service Project & Rank extensions due to virus notes

Prospective Eagle Scouts! Not to worry:
" Due to the current situation—effective immediately and through September 30, 2020—council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions"

https://www.scoutspirit.org/…/03/QA-COVID-19-Advancement.pdf

The relevant section is here:

Scout book will be used ot record all rank advancements and merit badges

Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts

Q: May merit badge requirements or rank requirements be modified?
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A: No. All requirements must be completed as written. If meetings or activities are canceled or limited,
youth should continue to work on requirements as far as possible. By employing common sense and
creative solutions, many requirements–even Scoutmaster conferences–can be fulfilled through
videoconferencing or telephone calls.
Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital
technologies like Zoom or WebEx?
A: Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth
using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting
and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement
guidelines in GTA Section 7 are required.
Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation
requirements?
A: Yes. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus can be the
“noteworthy circumstance” that prevents participation. This policy has been in place for many years
and is explained in GTA Topic 4.2.3.1.
Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward position of responsibility
requirements?
A: Yes. If youth are registered and unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of
COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations. Just as youth must
not be held to unestablished expectations, they must not be held to expectations that are impossible to
fulfill. See GTA Topic 4.2.3.4, “Positions of Responsibility,” with its six subtopics.
Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements
beyond the 18th birthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?
A: Yes, but only for the Eagle Scout rank as described in GTA Topic 9.0.4.0 or for Venturing Summit or
Sea Scout Quartermaster as described in GTA Topic 4.3.3.0. Unit leadership must become familiar with
the five tests under 9.0.4.0. The tests were designed to accommodate such obstacles as those
presented by COVID-19 disruptions.
Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the
Eagle Scout rank?
A. Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it
turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete
Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.
Q: May local councils grant extensions?
A: Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation—effective immediately and
through September 30, 2020—council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to
the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:
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 GTA.
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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. 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 birthday.
4. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully
complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea
Scouting.
5. 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.
Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For
example, March 5 to April 5.
The authority for councils to grant extensions is temporary, lasting only through Sept. 30, 2020.
Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to
COVID-19?
A: Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council
Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.
Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?
A: Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or
over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.
Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must
be delayed?
A: No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the
youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic 8.0.3.1, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th
Birthday.”
See also, GTA Topic 8.0.1.6, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”
Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the
Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
A: Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.


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