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'''A Scout will be considered "active" in his unit if he is:'''<br>
'''A Scout will be considered "active" in his unit if he is:'''<br>
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1. Registered in his unit (registration fees are current)<br>
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Only Active Scouts can be rechartered.
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==Only Active Scouts Can Be Rechartered==
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(Quoted from: [[Bookshelf#Commissioner_Resources|Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service #33621]] p. 44)
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'''Youth Member Listing'''<br>
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Go through the computerized Charter Renewal sheets and draw a line through the complete information for any youth no longer active in the unit. Make sure every active youth in the unit is on the list.
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==Active in a Position of Responsibility==
==Active in a Position of Responsibility==
If a Scout was not fulfilling the obligations of a leadership position, he would have been removed from that position.
If a Scout was not fulfilling the obligations of a leadership position, he would have been removed from that position.
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{{quote-source|The unit leaders are responsible for maintaining contact with the Scout on a regular basis. The Scout is not required to attend any certain percentage of activities or outings. However, unit leaders must ensure that he is fulfilling the obligations of his assigned leadership position. If he is not, then they should remove the Scout from that position.|[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors/RankAdvanceFAQ.aspx BSA FAQ]}}
 
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The unit leaders are responsible for maintaining contact with the Scout on a regular basis. The Scout is not required to attend any certain percentage of activities or outings. However, unit leaders must ensure that he is fulfilling the obligations of his assigned leadership position. If he is not, then they should remove the Scout from that position.
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==Rank Advancement==
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That being said, the Guide to Advancement says:
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(Quoted from [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors/RankAdvanceFAQ.aspx Rank Advancement])
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{{quote|The purpose of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout requirements calling for Scouts to be active for a period of months involves *impact*. Since we prepare young people to go forth, and essentially, make a positive difference in our American society, we judge that a member is "active" when his level of activity in Scouting, whether high or minimal, has had a sufficiently positive influence toward this end.
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<i>Question: For the [[Star]], [[Life]], and [[Eagle Scout]] ranks, how is "Be active in your troop and patrol" defined?
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Answer: A Scout is considered to be active in his unit if:
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# He is engaged by his unit leadership on a regular basis (Scoutmaster conference, informs the Scout of upcoming unit activities, through personal contact, and so on).
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The unit leaders are responsible for maintaining contact with the Scout on a regular basis. The Scout is not required to attend any certain percentage of activities or outings. '''''However, unit leaders must ensure that he is fulfilling the obligations of his assigned leadership position. If he is not, then they should remove the Scout from that position.
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==Cub Scout Webelos Badge==
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The Cub Scout Webelos Badge has a much stricter standard of what is "Active" than the Boy Scouts:
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:1. ''"Active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, working on den projects."''
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==Sea Scouts==
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Sea Scouts set different standards on "Active Membership" depending up on rank:
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* [[Apprentice Rank]] '''Active Membership''' 3. ''"Provide evidence that your dues are paid and that you are doing your fair share in helping to finance your ship's program. "''
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* [[Ordinary Rank]] '''Active Membership''' 3. ''Attend at least 75 percent of your ship's meetings and special activities for six months."''
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* [[Able Rank]] '''Active Membership''' 3. ''"Attend at least 75 percent of your ship meetings and special activities for one year."''
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* [[Quartermaster Award]] '''Active Membership''' 3. ''"Attend at least 75 percent of your ship's meetings and special activities for 18 months (including previous service of Apprentice, Ordinary, and Able)."''
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==Ranks Requiring that the Scout be Active==
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* [[Webelos Scout|Webelos Rank]] 2: ''"Be an active member of your Webelos den for three months. (Active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, working on den projects)."''
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* [[Arrow of Light]] 1: ''"Be active in your Webelos den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade (or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old)..."''
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* [[Star Rank]] 1: ''"Be [[active]] in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a [[First Class|First Class Scout]]."''
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* [[Life Rank]] 1: ''"Be [[active]] in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a [[Star Scout]]."''
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* [[Eagle Scout Rank]] 1: ''"Be [[active]] in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of [[Life Rank|Life Scout]]."''
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* [[Eagle Palms]] 1: ''"Be [[active]] in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the award of your last Palm."''
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=="Ghost units" puts membership in the spotlight==
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* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45573-2005Jan28.html Boy Scouts Suspected of Inflating Rolls] ''Washington Post''
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:''"...Federal subpoenas have been flying around...the latest in a string of at least five bogus-membership scandals in Boy Scout councils around the country since the 1990s.."''
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* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/31/AR2005053101285.html Leaders Falsified Participation by Inner-City Youth, Audit Finds] ''Associated Press''
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:''"...The audit led to the resignation Tuesday of the Atlanta Area Council's executive director, David Larkin, who said he took full responsibility for his organization's actions..."''
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* [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6988233/ FBI investigates Boy Scouts For Fraud] ''MSNBC''
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:''"...Boy Scouts of America declined an interview, but in a statement said, "Accurate reporting of membership is essential. Falsifying records is unacceptable..."''
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Scouting is a year-round program administered by the adult leaders. Units should not be taking time off during the summer or at other times of the year. Regardless of a unit's expectations or policy, if a unit takes time off it must count that time toward the Scout's active participation requirement. The Scout must not be penalized because the unit has chosen not to meet or conduct other activities for a period of time.}}
==Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)==
==Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)==
'''Can we add a requirement that the Scout was active in the immediately preceding 4 or 6 months?'''
'''Can we add a requirement that the Scout was active in the immediately preceding 4 or 6 months?'''
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:No. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from an advancement requirement.
'''Does a Scout need to be active the entire time since their last rank?'''
'''Does a Scout need to be active the entire time since their last rank?'''
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:No. The requirement for [[Star Rank|Star]], [[Life Rank|Life]], [[Eagle Scout Rank|Eagle]], and [[Eagle Palms]] are that the Scout be active ''for at least'' 4, 6, or 6 months respectively since their previous advancement. <ref name="#33216">[[Boy Scout Requirements]]</ref>
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'''If a Scout was inactive (dropped), does previous time while he was active count?'''
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:Yes. ''"...His previous verifiable service time in that rank applies toward qualification for the next rank..."'' (p. 44) <ref name="#33088">[http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&item=33088 Advancement Committee Policies ISBN 3017633088 #33088]</ref>
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'''If a Scout was inactive (dropped), does previous time while active count?'''
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:Yes. ''"...His previous verifiable service time in that rank applies toward qualification for the next rank..."''
==References==
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* [[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf Guide to Advancement]]
* [[Advancement Policies]]
* [[Advancement Policies]]
* [[Boy Scout Requirements]]
* [[Boy Scout Requirements]]

Revision as of 14:19, September 5, 2017

Boy Scout advancement policies cover Merit Badges, Summer Camp,
Scout Spirit, Active, Special Needs, Eagle Projects, Scoutmaster Conferences,
Boards of Review, Appeals, Courts of Honor, Time Extensions, and more.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Guide To Advancement, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)

Discussion Forum

A Registered Scout is an Active Scout

The unit leaders are responsible for maintaining contact with the Scout on a regular basis. The Scout is not required to attend any certain percentage of activities or outings. However, unit leaders must ensure that he is fulfilling the obligations of his assigned leadership position. If he is not, then they should remove the Scout from that position.
BSA FAQ

A Scout will be considered "active" in his unit if he is:

  1. Registered in his unit (registration fees are current)
  2. Not dismissed from his unit for disciplinary reasons.
  3. Engaged by his unit leadership on a regular basis (informed of unit activities through Scoutmaster conference or personal contact, etc.)

Only Active Scouts can be rechartered.

Active in a Position of Responsibility

If a Scout was not fulfilling the obligations of a leadership position, he would have been removed from that position.

The unit leaders are responsible for maintaining contact with the Scout on a regular basis. The Scout is not required to attend any certain percentage of activities or outings. However, unit leaders must ensure that he is fulfilling the obligations of his assigned leadership position. If he is not, then they should remove the Scout from that position.

That being said, the Guide to Advancement says:

The purpose of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout requirements calling for Scouts to be active for a period of months involves *impact*. Since we prepare young people to go forth, and essentially, make a positive difference in our American society, we judge that a member is "active" when his level of activity in Scouting, whether high or minimal, has had a sufficiently positive influence toward this end.

Scouting is a year-round program administered by the adult leaders. Units should not be taking time off during the summer or at other times of the year. Regardless of a unit's expectations or policy, if a unit takes time off it must count that time toward the Scout's active participation requirement. The Scout must not be penalized because the unit has chosen not to meet or conduct other activities for a period of time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can we add a requirement that the Scout was active in the immediately preceding 4 or 6 months?

No. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from an advancement requirement.

Does a Scout need to be active the entire time since their last rank?

No. See the requirements for a given rank or award.

If a Scout was inactive (dropped), does previous time while active count?

Yes. "...His previous verifiable service time in that rank applies toward qualification for the next rank..."

References


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