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: https://ocscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Scouts-BSA-COVID19-Updates-20200826.pdf 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: https://ocscouts.org/download/10130/
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