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Update on Scouts BSA Advancement: 26-Aug-2020

National has just released a number of temporary changes to Scouts BSA advancement requirements due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

The complete text can be assessed from: Note that this link goes to a pdf file which you can either open in your browser or download and open with typical pdf reader software.

Highlights of the changes:

  • “… the Swimming rank  requirements for Second Class (5b) and First Class (6a) may be deferred until each Scout’s next rank, as  necessary (through Life, but not Eagle).”

  • “Rank advancement requirements identified in the COVID-19 FAQ may continue to be completed by Scouts  by using video conferencing through December 31st, 2020.”

  •  Camping Merit Badge requirement 9b “…will be temporarily suspended as a  requirement for Scouts to earn this badge.
    • All other Camping merit badge requirements must still be completed to earn this badge.
    • Upon direction from the National Council, requirement 9b will be reinstated  with 30 days’ notice…”
  • The temporary 3 month time extension for work on Eagle Scout only was originally slated on expire on September 30, 2020. National has now granted local Councils the ability to approve an additional 3 moth extension through December 31, 2020. The application for requesting an extension in Occoneechee Council  may be found at:

The above points are a summary of communication. Please do not depend on the summary alone; do make sure to download and read the entire referenced document.

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Yours in Scouting,


Steven G Blanchard
Chair, Shakori District Advancement Committee

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