National BSA has just updated the COVID-19 FAQ page, The FAQ addres advancement items for all BSA programs, and additional questions concerning, e.g. in person meetings and camping. You may access the full text at https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/
Items Specific to Eagle Scout are reproduced here:
♦ Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18th birthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?
No, 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 revised Guide to Advancement (GTA) topics 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, and forms 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 from the 2021 edition of the GTA, which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at www.scouting.org/advancement.
Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?
Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.
♦ Q: May local councils grant extensions?
Yes, Effective January 1, 2021, all time extension request are to be submitted to the local council. These extensions are available only to youth members who qualify under the three tests listed in the revised Guide to Advancement (GTA) topics 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and forms 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 from the 2021 edition of the GTA, which will be published early in the year. Advance copies of these topics and forms are also published at www.scouting.org/advancement.
Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?
Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.
Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?
Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.
Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?
No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic 220.127.116.11, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.”
Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
Links to the above referenced (revised, 2021) Guide to Advancement Sections and forms are here:
Note that these links will open/download individual pdf files.
If you have additional questions on advancement you may contact:
- Steve Blanchard, District Advancement Chair
For Eagle specific questions contact Steve and/or:
Bill Stonecypher, District Eagle Chair