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November 2018

One-time Eagle extension for new members age 16-17

New BSA members age 16+ who join in 2019 may apply for an extension to allow them to gain their Eagle after they turn 18. This will be available to both boys and girls.

  1. Youth 16 years of age or older, but not yet 18, on February 1, 2019 who register as members of Scouts BSA on or before December 31, 2019, may request extensions to complete the Eagle Scout Award requirements after they turn 18 years of age.
  2. Requests for extensions must be received no later than thirty (30) days after turning 18 years of age. Extensions must be in writing by submitting the designated form to the National Service Center and the form must be received no later than January 7, 2020. Only the National Council may grant extensions. The actual extension will be based upon the individual’s registration date and age at the time of the request and will provide not more than twenty-four months from the date of initial registration to complete all requirements.
  3. In the interest of fairness, these temporary transition rules apply to all youth joining Scouts BSA during 2019–both girls and first-time joining boys.

The "designated form" has not yet been released as of 20 Nov 2018. This is quoted from https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Implementation-Details-for-Scouts-BSA-FINAL.pdf

NYLT minimum age tweak

Minimum age note for NYLT added, starting in Feb 2019.

New Pages

Check out new pages created in November:

October 2018

Scouts BSA Temporary Transition Rules

On October 3, 2018, BSA announced temporary transition rules for girls and boys that join Scouts BSA between February 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 to allow them to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award beyond their 18th birthday.

New Pages

Check out new pages created in October:

September 2018

The BSA and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary announced a new agreement to make Sea Scouts the official youth program of the Auxiliary, the uniformed volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard. For Sea Scouts, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will lower its entry age from 17 to 14. This new partnership will begin in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and portions of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania before a nationwide rollout. Questions about the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s support of Sea Scouting should be directed to Bruce Johnson at [email protected]

New Pages

Check out new pages created in September:

August 2018

BSA Reinstates the Heroism Award

In an August 29, 2018 blog post, Bryan on Scouting revealed that the Heroism Award, originally created in 1997 and discontinued in late 2012, was reinstated by BSA in February 2018. The Lifesaving and Meritorious Action awards page has been updated to reflect this development.

New STEM Nova awards modules

BSA has released new STEM Nova Award modules. Here are the new pages for these modules:

For Cub Scouts
For Boy Scouts
  • Splash! - is designed to help Scouts explore how water affects their lives every day.
For Venturers and Sea Scouts
  • Wade! - is designed to help Venturers explore how water affects their lives every day.

New Pages

Check out new pages created in August:

June 2018

Meritbadge.org has now become an official part of the US Scouting Service Project, Inc.

May 2018

The Boy Scouts of America is officially changing the name of its "older youth program" (older than Cub Scouts -- the "Boy Scouts" program) to "Scouts BSA" -- see the news release https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/scout-me-in/ The name change will go into effect Feb 2019. It is unclear whether this name change includes Venturing.

May 8 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS church, sometimes called Mormons), announced that it will cease sponsoring Scouting units effective Dec 31, 2019.

May 18, 2018, an update to the Guide to Safe Scouting was published.

April 2, 2018

New Bureaucrat: BartHumphries

User BartHumphries has been promoted to Bureaucrat status. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 14:43, April 2, 2018 (EDT)

New Sysop: Nicouds

User Nicouds has been promoted to Sysop status. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 14:43, April 2, 2018 (EDT)

If you are interested, see: Can I become a Sysop on this wiki?

Mar 2018

National has said that, "The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has confirmed a scheduled February 1, 2019 launch date for the program to serve girls, ages 11-17. This timing is intended to align with the programmatic timeline so that girls who join Cub Scouts in 2018 and will have earned their Arrow of Light are able to cross over to a troop to continue their Scouting journey." Other information about the Family Scouting program is given at that link and at https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/.

Feb 2018

According to Bryan on Scouting, this fall the Lion program will move from a pilot program to an official part of Cub Scouts.

May 2017 mentioned that starting in 2018, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS church, sometimes called Mormons), would no longer sponsor any Varsity teams or Venturing crews. Since the LDS church was the group that created Varsity and was basically the only group using that program, it has since been removed as a program. Medals/awards/patches will continue to be available to earn until they are no longer available in a local or national Scout shop.

All new 2018 requirements have been entered. Some formatting issues are being worked on. If there are any further requirements, please feel free to edit it yourself or contact an administrator. Administrators who have made at least one edit in the past year are: Ajames15, BartHumphries, Dpawlak, Jzweiac, PaulSWolf, and Philpisch.

Jan 2018

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