Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the Eagle-required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is introduced, Scouts in the process of earning the rank of Eagle Scout will be given adequate time to earn it.

Updates regarding the merit badge will be shared with councils directly and via Scoutingwire. Specific questions are welcome via email at Officeof.ChiefDiversityOfficer@scouting.org.

Scouts BSA Office Hours Session – November 12, 2020

The Scouts BSA “Live Office Hours” session was live streamed on November 12, 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 time extensions request
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advancement and Merit Badge updates
  • Preparing for Arrow of Light Crossover
  • Inaugural Class of Eagle Scouts
  • Retaining and Recruiting Scouts during COVID-19
  • Program Resources

Virtual Troop Meeting Facilitators Guide

It is understood that access to technology will vary from Troop to Troop and may be dependent upon geographic differences. The purpose of this guide is to encourage and enable Troops, where feasible, to conduct meetings virtually in a safe, efficient, and productive manner. During a period when in-person meetings may not be possible, it is essential that virtual meetings be conducted while always keeping in mind the aims of character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness. This guide anticipates that Troops will utilize the Troop Meeting Plan, including all 8 parts, but Troops are free to adapt their meeting plans to support their individual program needs.

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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 advancement.team@scouting.org 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