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:Yes. ''"...His previous verifiable service time in that rank applies toward qualification for the next rank..."'' Time counted as "active" need not be consecutive. A Scout may piece together any times he has been active and still qualify.
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'''What about extra fees, like buying a hat, or supplies for outings? Do those have to be paid to be considered active?'''
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:No. Units are free to establish additional expectations on uniforming, supplies for outings, payment of dues, parental involvement, etc., but these and any other standards extraneous to a level of activity shall not be considered in evaluating this requirement.
==References==
==References==

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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 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..." Time counted as "active" need not be consecutive. A Scout may piece together any times he has been active and still qualify.

What about extra fees, like buying a hat, or supplies for outings? Do those have to be paid to be considered active?

No. Units are free to establish additional expectations on uniforming, supplies for outings, payment of dues, parental involvement, etc., but these and any other standards extraneous to a level of activity shall not be considered in evaluating this requirement.

References


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