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==A Registered Scout is an Active Scout==
==A Registered Scout is an Active Scout==
{{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]}}
{{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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(Quoted from: [[Bookshelf#Advancement_Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]] p. 24)
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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>
1. Registered in his unit (registration fees are current)<br>
1. Registered in his unit (registration fees are current)<br>
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==Active in a Position of Responsibility==
==Active in a Position of Responsibility==
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If a Scout was not fulfilling the obligations of a leadership position, he should have been removed from that position.
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If a Scout was not fulfilling the obligations of a leadership position, he would have been removed from that position.
{{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]}}
{{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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<i>Question: For the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks, how is "Be active in your troop and patrol" defined?
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<i>Question: For the [[Star]], [[Life]], and [[Eagle Scout]] ranks, how is "Be active in your troop and patrol" defined?
Answer: A Scout is considered to be active in his unit if:
Answer: A Scout is considered to be active in his unit if:
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'''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="#33215">[http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&item=33215 Boy Scout Requirements] ISBN 3017634452 </ref>
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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>
'''If a Scout was inactive (dropped), does previous time while he was active count?'''
'''If a Scout was inactive (dropped), does previous time while he was active count?'''
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==References==
==References==
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* [[Bookshelf#Advancement_Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]]
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* [[Advancement Policies]]
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* [[Bookshelf#Bylaws_and_Rules| Boy Scout Requirements #33215]]
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* [[Boy Scout Requirements]]
* [[Bookshelf#Commissioner_Resources|Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service #33621]]
* [[Bookshelf#Commissioner_Resources|Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service #33621]]
* [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors/RankAdvanceFAQ.aspx Rank Advancement]
* [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors/RankAdvanceFAQ.aspx Rank Advancement]

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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 No. 33088)

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
New in 2007 Printing

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

(Quoted from: Commissioner Fieldbook for Unit Service #33621 p. 44)

Youth Member Listing
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.


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.
BSA FAQ


Rank Advancement

(Quoted from Rank Advancement)

Question: For the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks, how is "Be active in your troop and patrol" defined? Answer: A Scout is considered to be active in his unit if:

  1. He is registered in his unit (registration fees are current).
  2. He has not been dismissed from his unit for disciplinary reasons.
  3. 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).

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.


Cub Scout Webelos Badge

The Cub Scout Webelos Badge has a much stricter standard of what is "Active" than the Boy Scouts:

1. "Active means having good attendance, paying your den dues, working on den projects."

Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts set different standards on "Active Membership" depending up on rank:

  • 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. "
  • Ordinary Rank Active Membership 3. Attend at least 75 percent of your ship's meetings and special activities for six months."
  • Able Rank Active Membership 3. "Attend at least 75 percent of your ship meetings and special activities for one year."
  • 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)."


Ranks Requiring that the Scout be Active

Cub Scouts
  • 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)."
  • 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)..."
Boy Scouts
  • Star Rank 1: "Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a First Class Scout."
  • Life Rank 1: "Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Star Scout."
  • 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 Scout."
  • 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."
Sea Scouts
See above.


"Ghost units" puts membership in the spotlight

"...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.."
"...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..."
"...In Dallas, former council employees say the Scout count was inflated 20 to 30 percent. In Birmingham, some believe the numbers were hyped 30 to 40 percent..."
"...Boy Scouts of America declined an interview, but in a statement said, "Accurate reporting of membership is essential. Falsifying records is unacceptable..."


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." (p. 3, 23, 26, 34, etc.) [1]

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

No. The requirement for Star, Life, Eagle, and Eagle Palms are that the Scout be active for at least 4, 6, or 6 months respectively since their previous advancement. [2]

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

Yes. "...His previous verifiable service time in that rank applies toward qualification for the next rank..." (p. 44) [1]


References


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