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February 2019

New name

February 1, 2019 — The Boy Scouting program became officially known as Scouts BSA and girls were admitted for the first time to that program.

OA now open to everyone

As outlined at https://oa-bsa.org/about/membership, everyone may be elected by the youth members of their unit to join the Order of the Arrow if they have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election, and have also reached Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Unit Leader.

New or revised publications

New or revised editions of the following publications were released by BSA:

January 2019

Archived 2018

Scoutbook and my.scouting.org now use single signon

New or revised publications

New or revised editions of the following publications were released by BSA:

Temporary Transition Rules

  • On January 30, 2019, BSA reduced the number of months from twenty-four to twenty-two to complete Eagle Scout rank requirements for females and first-time joining boys entering Scouts BSA (who are 16 or older when they register with a Scouts BSA troop on or between February 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019). The twenty-two months start on the date the youth registers with a Scouts BSA troop. (see: Temporary transition rules give new Scouts BSA members the chance to earn Eagle, a January 31, 2019 article in Bryan on Scouting in Scouting Magazine.)
  • Due to significant feedback from the Scouting community, BSA has reset the maximum length of an Eagle Scout extension length back to 24 months, as was first announced in October.
Update: After careful consideration and listening to feedback from volunteers, the BSA has set the maximum length of an Eagle Scout extension length to 24 months, as was first announced in October. The post below has been updated to reflect the official policy.
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