Keys to a Successful launch for Girl Troops – March 17, 2021

The Scouts BSA “Keys to a Successful launch of Scouts BSA Girl Troops” session was live streamed on March 17th, 2021. Scouters and Senior Patrol Leaders had an opportunity to have their questions answered by subject matter experts, discussion topics included:

  • Establishing the Charter and Adult Leadership
  • Creating a Support Framework
  • Modeling and Implementing Youth-led Practices.

Acknowledging and Understanding the Differences Between Boy and Girl Troops

Scouts BSA Office Hours Session – February 25, 2021

The Scouts BSA Office Hours session was live streamed on February 25, 2021. Scouters and Senior Patrol Leaders had an opportunity to have their questions answered by subject matter experts from the National Scouts BSA Committee, topics included:

  • Local Council time extension request
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion status
  • Troop operations during COVID-19
  • Preparing for new Scouts

Local Council Time extension request

Effective January 1, 2021, local councils will have the authority to grant limited extensions of time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit requirements. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in the attached advance copy of topics,,, and forms and from the 2021 edition of the Guide to Advancement (GTA), which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at

The three tests are laid out in topic

The process for requesting and reviewing a time extension is outlined in topic   

An appeal process has also been established if the council denies an extension. This process is outlined in topic

Though the updated GTA containing these three topics will not be published until after the new year the authority outlined in topics,, and will take effect on January 1, 2021. 

Council Advancement Committees are advised that after Dec. 31, 2020 there is no plan to authorize COVID extensions as has been allowed during 2020. It is possible, however, that as of Jan. 1, 2021, COVID could become a circumstance that warrants an extension if it qualifies under the three tests listed in  Note that existing COVID extension granted between Oct. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020 will expire three months after they were granted.