Change in Procedure for Veteran Scouter Awards

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Scouting movement and should be recognized for the time and effort they dedicate to our movement,  both as a youth and as an adult volunteer.

For years, local councils have processed Veteran Scouter Award for individuals celebrating their 5, 10, 15- & 20-year milestones of registration. However, awards at the 25-year or higher level were only processed at the National Service Center.

To streamline and simplify the process, effective October 1, local councils will now be empowered to process all Veteran Scouter Awards. The certificates have been updated and allow for the Scout executive to approve recognition of these long-tenured volunteers.

Veteran Application Form

Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts

The window for Eagle boards of review of the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts is from October 1, 2020 to February 8, 2021. As such, all Eagle Scout credentials will be dated February 8, 2021 so that we commemorate this milestone alongside the recognized “birthday” of the Boy Scouts of America.  

This adjustment was implemented so that Scouts were not unfairly prohibited from being part of the Inaugural Class due to COVID-19; however, we recognize that the extended window means that participating Scouts could experience a delay in receiving their Eagle Scout credentials if we waited to process all of the applications as originally planned.  

After receiving significant feedback confirming that concern, we have decided to administratively adapt the plan so that the national organization will process the credentials of the Inaugural Class in batches on a rolling basis starting in October as they are received. Due to reduced staffing and to ensure timely response to the Eagle application, only electronic applications will be accepted. Local Councils that need assistance with Scout Executive Verification of Eagle applications can send the scanned paper applications to to be processed. 

This update:

  • Ensures Scouts can reference their Eagle Scout rank for academic, vocational, and military recognition, including scholarships and advanced enlistment grade,
  • Enables Scouts earning the Eagle Scout rank to hold their Eagle Courts of Honor right away after getting their credentials so that they do not have to wait to celebrate the achievement until February 2021, and
  • Allows the BSA to retain the collective completion date as planned as one Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts and to align with February 8th, the recognized “birthday” of the Boy Scouts of America.

To facilitate processing through the Eagle Form in ScoutNET PAS, certain modifications will be made. The constraints on being age 18 and over will be removed so that the Eagle Form can be initiated and processed, if over 18-years old.  In addition, there will be a Default BOR Date entry of February 8, 2021, that must be selected for those in the Inaugural Eagle Class. There will also be a button to set the record as an Inaugural Eagle Class Member.  These changes will be released over the next several weeks.

Additionally, the BSA will provide customizable press materials to councils prior to the October 1st window opening so that they are empowered to help Scouts celebrate and commemorate the milestone locally.  

Scouts BSA Office Hours session August 6, 2020

The Scouts BSA Office Hours session was live-streamed on August 6, 2020. 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:

  • COVID-19 Eagle Time extensions request
  • Diversity & Inclusion Advancement changes
  • Recruiting Ideas
  • Female Troop Support


Advancement Requirements

The 14th edition of the Scouts BSA Handbook includes changes to advancement requirements. For example, the number of overnight camping activities required for the First-Class rank was reduced from six to three, and for the Scout Rank, members are no longer required to demonstrate, but must discuss, pocketknife safety to satisfy the requirement. The text in the corresponding chapters of the handbook was not properly edited to reflect these changes and reflects the old requirements. It is important that troops utilize the requirements listed in the Rank Requirements section of the handbook (pages 441–454).

The correct requirements are as follows:

  • First Class (Requirement 1a)

1a. Since joining Scouts BSA, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, at least six of which must be held outdoors. Of the outdoor activities, at least three must include overnight camping. These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee. (page 447)

  • Scout Rank (Requirement 5)

5. Tell what you need to know about pocketknife safety. (page 441)

The 2019 Scouts BSA Requirements book is available for purchase at your local Scout shopRequirements for BSA Lifeguard were omitted from this publication. Information regarding BSA Lifeguard, including requirements, may be found here.

First Scouts BSA Office Hours Available Now

The inaugural Scouts BSA Office Hours session was live-streamed on April 18, 2019.  Scouters had an opportunity to have their questions answered by subject matter experts from the National Scouts BSA Committee.  Topics included: helping new Scouts advance in rank; reinforcing the patrol method, preparing for weekend overnight outdoor experiences, and growing your new Scouts BSA Troop.  Watch the recording.