COVID-19 FAQ

Q: Will there be any modifications to the Swimming necessities for Second and Top quality?

Swimming stays a serious well being and security concern and can’t be deserted by Scouts BSA. With that in thoughts, the Swimming rank necessities for Second Class (5b) and First Class (6a) could also be deferred till every Scout’s subsequent rank, as needed (via Life, however not Eagle).

Second Class requirement (5b) Display your skill to go the BSA newbie take a look at: Bounce ft first into water over your head in depth, stage off and swim 25 ft on the floor, cease, flip sharply, resume swimming, then return to your beginning place.

First Class requirement (6a) Efficiently full the BSA swimmer take a look at.

This short-term deferment will permit Scouts to advance in rank as much as, and together with Life Scout, however not past. All different rank necessities should nonetheless be earned to advance. When situations warrant and upon path from the Nationwide Council, these necessities will probably be reinstated with 30 days’ discover to our Scouting household by way of Office, Bryan on Scouting, Scouting Wire, social media, and another means decided applicable.

For readability, the next swimming necessities may be accomplished on dry land and aren’t a hindrance to advancing:

Second Class requirement (5c) Display water rescue strategies by reaching along with your arm or leg, by reaching with an acceptable object, and by throwing traces and objects.
First Class requirement (6e) With a helper and a follow sufferer, present a line rescue each as tender and as rescuer. (The follow sufferer ought to be roughly 30 ft from shore in deep water.)

Q: Do I nonetheless must take a swim take a look at for aquatic actions since there’s a deferment in place?

A: The deferment is just for rank necessities Second Class(5b) and First Class(6A). Aquatic actions nonetheless require present and legitimate swim testing for each Secure Swim Protection and Security Afloat. If swim checks for these occasions can’t be achieved, then the aquatics actions can not happen.

Q: Will there be any modifications to the Swimming necessities for Sea Scout Ranks?

Swimming stays a serious well being and security concern and can’t be deserted by Sea Scouts. With that in thoughts, the Swimming rank necessities for Apprentice (4.a), Extraordinary (4.a), and Ready (4) could also be deferred till every Scout’s subsequent rank, as needed (via Ready, however not Quartermaster).

Apprentice requirement (4.a) Bounce ft first into water over your head, swim 75 yards/meters in a powerful method utilizing a number of of the next strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards/meters utilizing the elementary backstroke. The 100 yards/meters should be swum constantly and embody a minimum of one sharp flip. After finishing the swim, relaxation by floating in your again, remaining as immobile as potential.

Extraordinary necessities (4.a) Cross all necessities for the BSA’s Swimming advantage badge.

Ready necessities (4) Cross all necessities for the BSA’s Lifesaving advantage badge.

This short-term deferment will permit Scouts to advance in rank as much as, and together with Ready Scout, however not past. All different rank necessities should nonetheless be earned to advance. When situations warrant and upon path from the Nationwide Sea Scout Assist Committee, these necessities will probably be reinstated with 30-days discover to our Scouting household via related nationwide communications channels.

Q: Will there be any modifications for Scouts who can not full the tenting advantage badge?

COVID-19 has resulted in Scouts being unable to finish the Eagle-required Tenting advantage badge, particularly requirement 9b. 

Requirement (9b) On any of those (Scouting) tenting experiences, it’s essential to do TWO of the next,
solely with correct preparation and beneath certified supervision.
(1) Hike up a mountain, gaining a minimum of 1,000 vertical ft.
(2) Backpack, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for a minimum of 4 miles.
(3) Take a motorcycle journey of a minimum of 15 miles or a minimum of 4 hours.
(4) Take a nonmotorized journey on the water of a minimum of 4 hours or 5 miles.
(5) Plan and perform an in a single day snow tenting expertise.
(6) Rappel down a rappel route of 30 ft or extra.

Though this requirement provides “Scout enjoyable” to a tenting expertise, it will likely be quickly suspended as a requirement  to earn this badge. All different Tenting advantage badge necessities should nonetheless be accomplished to earn this badge. Upon path from the Nationwide Council, requirement 9b will probably be reinstated with 30 days’ discover to our Scouting group via nationwide channels.

Q: Can advantage badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be achieved utilizing digital applied sciences like Zoom or WebEx?

Sure, registered advantage badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may fit with youth utilizing digital platforms, guaranteeing that each one youth safety measures famous within the Information to Secure Scouting and BSA’s social media tips are in place. Along with youth safety, the development tips in Information to Development (GTA) Part 7 are required.

 Q: Are advantage badge counselors allowed to supply on-line instruction?
Sure. Benefit badge counselors ought to comply with the rules within the Information to Development 7.0.3.2 and guarantee you might be adhering to all youth safety necessities and on-line communications tips. It’s acceptable—and generally preferable—for advantage badges to be taught in group settings, together with on-line instruction. We at present permit group instruction at camp and advantage badge midways, festivals, clinics, or related occasions. These may be environment friendly strategies, and interactive group discussions can assist studying. Gathering a bunch on-line will also be helpful. Visitor specialists and audio system that help registered and authorized counselors could also be extra prepared to talk to a bigger on-line viewers. Slide reveals, skits, demonstrations, panels, and varied different strategies will also be employed, however as any instructor can attest, not everybody will be taught all the fabric. Due to this fact, the requirements we use to confirm that every Scout has fulfilled necessities should not be relaxed. Benefit badge counselors should ensure that every Scout has individually gained the data supposed. When completed, counselors can simply log out necessities by way of Scoutbook.

Q: Can I join immediately with my Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts if I’m a advantage badge counselor? 
Sure. In Scoutbook, advantage badge counselors can now join immediately with the Scouts they’re counseling; see https://discussions.scouting.org/t/march-23-2020-scoutbook-updates/165970 NOTE: Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts nonetheless should get approval from their chief, in response to Information to Development 7.0.3.0.  

Q: How will I do know if a Scout/Venturer/Sea Scout has obtained approval from their chief to work on a advantage badge?
Within the member profile, you will note if the chief has signed off with their approval.

Q: What if my member profile reveals that my advantage badge counselor standing has expired:
Examine along with your council. Native councils could must add their newest listing of authorized advantage badge counselors.

Q: Will unit leaders know {that a} advantage badge counselor has related with considered one of their Scouts/Venturers/Sea Scouts?
Sure. The unit Key 3 will obtain an e-mail that features the title of the advantage badge counselor, the Scout, and the title of the advantage badge.

Q: What if I’ve different advantage badge/Scoutbook questions?
See https://assist.scoutbook.com/

 Q: What modifications have been made to rank development/tenting necessities given the necessity to keep social distancing throughout this time?
We’ve applied short-term modifications to permit Scouts to finish rank necessities by video conferencing. These short-term modifications will probably be re-evaluated as needed with a 30-day discover to our Scouting group via nationwide channels.

The objective when utilizing video conferencing should be to protect the beliefs and intent of every requirement as finest as potential. Scoutmasters or their designee(s) ought to stay aware of the Strategies of Scouting, such because the Patrol Technique, earlier than implementing the modified necessities listed under. Some development actions may be accomplished by video conferencing however not all. For instance, digital visits to a metropolis council assembly, nationwide historic landmarks, museums, and artwork galleries could also be acceptable, however swimming, rifle capturing, and motorboating advantage badges can’t be accomplished just about.

Even when utilizing video conferencing, all digital campouts and actions ought to encompass as many components discovered on a standard outside campout or exercise as potential. Probably the most important distinction is that patrol or troop members aren’t all in the identical location. All present youth safety insurance policies and digital security tips should be adopted.
Tenderfoot rank necessities
1b. – Digital patrol or troop campouts by way of video conferencing will probably be permitted.
2a. – Throughout the identical day as your digital patrol or troop campout, help in getting ready one meal with the assistance of these with whom you reside. Inform your patrol or troop why it was vital for every particular person to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
2b. – Throughout the identical day as your digital campout, reveal the suitable technique of safely cleansing objects used to arrange, serve and eat a meal.
5a. – Clarify the significance of the buddy system because it pertains to your private security on outings and in your neighborhood. Verbally decide to following the buddy system in your subsequent troop or patrol outing.
7a. – Inform how one can show, elevate, decrease, and fold the U.S. flag.
Second Class rank necessities:
1a & 1c. – Digital patrol or troop actions by way of video conferencing will probably be permitted. 
3b. – Utilizing a compass and map collectively, plan a 5-mile hike authorized by your grownup chief.
4. – Proof of untamed animals may be demonstrated with data or photographs of your native space discovered on-line.
5c. – Could also be accomplished just about by way of video conferencing on dry land.
7c. – Be taught concerning the risks of utilizing medicine, alcohol and tobacco and different practices that may very well be dangerous to your well being. Focus on what you realized with your loved ones and clarify the hazards of substance addictions. Report back to your Scoutmaster or different grownup chief in your troop about which components of the Scout Oath and Scout Regulation relate to what you realized.
8a. – Could also be accomplished just about utilizing video conferencing.
8d. – Could also be accomplished by evaluating prices at three (3) on-line websites or areas.
First Class rank necessities:
1a – Digital patrol or troop actions by way of video conferencing will probably be permitted.
2e. – On the identical day as your digital campout, function the cook dinner. Supervise your assistant(s) in utilizing a range or constructing a cooking fireplace. Put together the breakfast, lunch, and dinner deliberate in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.
4a. – By drawing, laptop software program, or different digital strategies, plan an orienteering course that might cowl a minimum of one mile. Clarify why measuring the peak and/or width of designated objects (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, and many others.) is useful. Clarify how you’d full your course utilizing an actual map and compass.
4b. – Scouts don’t must comply with their route.
5a. – Proof of native crops may be demonstrated with data or photographs of your native space discovered on-line.
6e. – Could also be accomplished on dry land.
9a. – Go to could happen just about or by telephone.
9c. – Outings can embody previous or future plans.
10. – Invite the potential new member to a digital assembly or future exercise utilizing video conferencing. 

Q: Will digital tenting rely towards Order of the Arrow nights tenting? 

Digital tenting (i.e., yard or solo tenting) could also be counted towards the required nights of tenting for OA election eligibility if all the next stipulations are met:
– To be counted, all digital tenting nights ought to be a direct results of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and be a part of a BSA unit-organized unit tenting occasion (i.e., a number of members of the unit are concerned and tenting concurrently at distant areas).
– Some type of unit-organized communications ought to happen both throughout or instantly following the occasion.
– All present youth safety insurance policies and digital security tips should be adopted.
– Not more than 3 nights of digital tenting are to be credited in any month wherein government- or council-imposed COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
This modification is in impact till additional discover. Please see https://oa-bsa.org/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19 for additional particulars.
Models which have already held an election between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are licensed to carry one extra election for any people who had been ineligible on the time of the election because of the tenting requirement, however would have been thought of eligible on the time if this short-term coverage had then been in impact. This second election should be accomplished no later than July 1, 2020. Those that had been beforehand thought of for election within the first election might not be reconsidered on this second poll (i.e., nobody may be thought of for election greater than as soon as in a yr).

Q: Can advantage badge necessities be tailored since some components can’t be accomplished as said proper now?
The revealed tips for the methodology of the advantage badge program and the function of the advantage badge counselor is discovered within the Information to Development, Part 7.0.0.0. You will need to do not forget that leaders and advantage badge counselors should not make additions or deletions to necessities. The Scout is anticipated to fulfill the necessities as said; nevertheless, in some circumstances, digital “visits” could fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent can’t be reached just about, the necessities can’t be accomplished, and the Scout should wait to finish that badge/requirement. Benefit badge counselors signing off on necessities should decide to one of the best of their skill if the Scout has demonstrated the supposed end result.
All present youth safety insurance policies and digital security tips should be adopted.

Q: Does a Scout want a tough copy of a Blue Card when engaged on advantage badges?
No. Because the introduction of Scoutbook, the BSA has supplied Scouts two methods of recording advantage badge requirement completion: The Blue Card and Scoutbook. Each stay licensed strategies to file advantage badge work. Scoutbook is part of the BSA Web Development system, which signifies that coming into an development file in Scoutbook is similar as coming into it in Web Development. Anybody with a BSA member ID routinely has entry to a Scoutbook account via their my.scouting account.

Q: Could time missed attributable to canceled unit conferences rely towards lively participation necessities?

Sure. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus may be the “noteworthy circumstance” that stops participation. This coverage has been in place for a few years and is defined in GTA Subject 4.2.3.1.

Q: Could time missed attributable to canceled unit conferences rely towards place of duty necessities?

Sure. If youth are registered and unable to fulfill the expectations of their positions due to COVID-19 disruptions, then items could must waive or rethink the expectations. Simply as youth should not be held to unestablished expectations, they have to not be held to expectations which can be unimaginable to meet. See GTA Subject 4.2.3.4, “Positions of Accountability,” with its six subtopics.

 Q: Does the Nationwide Council grant extensions of time to finish rank necessities past the 18th birthday for the Eagle or twenty first birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?

No, Efficient January 1, 2021, native councils could have the authority to grant restricted extensions of time to finish Eagle, Quartermaster, or Summit necessities. These extensions can be found solely to youth members who qualify beneath the three checks listed within the revised Information to Development (GTA) subjects 9.0.4.0, 9.0.4.1, 9.0.4.2, and types 11.2.0.0 and 11.2.1.0 from the 2021 version of the GTA, which will probably be revealed early within the yr. Advance copies of those subjects and types are additionally revealed at www.scouting.org/development.

Q: Will youth who aren’t but Life Scouts be allowed to use for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?

Extensions are thought of just for Scouts who’re Life rank. If, as soon as a Scout achieves Life rank, it seems that COVID-19 disruptions alongside the way in which have left them with inadequate time to finish Eagle necessities, then this can be cited when the time involves submit an extension request.

 Q: Could native councils grant extensions?

Sure, Efficient January 1, 2021, all time extension request are to be submitted to the native council. These extensions can be found solely to youth members who qualify beneath the three checks listed within the revised Information to Development (GTA) subjects 9.0.4.0, 9.0.4.1, 9.0.4.2, and types 11.2.0.0 and 11.2.1.0 from the 2021 version of the GTA, which will probably be revealed early within the yr. Advance copies of those subjects and types are additionally revealed at www.scouting.org/development.

Q: If youth have already obtained an extension, can they request extra time attributable to COVID-19?

Sure. Council Scout executives could grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Development Committee to grant extensions beneath the constraints listed above.

Q: What ought to be achieved whereas an extension request is being thought of?

Youth ought to proceed to work on development in as far as they’re in a position—e.g., independently, or over the telephone or videoconference—and at Scouting actions as soon as they resume.

Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of evaluation should be delayed?

No. Councils could grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of evaluation as much as six months after the youth’s 18th/twenty first birthday. See GTA Subject 8.0.3.1, “Eagle Scout Board of Evaluation Past the 18th Birthday.”

See additionally, GTA Subject 8.0.1.6, “Boards of Evaluation Via Videoconferencing.”

Q: Are digital or digital signatures acceptable for rank development or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/purposes?
Sure. Digital or digital signatures will probably be accepted till additional discover.

Q: How can a youth proceed to work on development necessities in the event that they don’t have web or high-speed web for videoconferencing?
Youth could take an image of their accomplished exercise/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In line with youth safety insurance policies, all communications from youth ought to be despatched to a minimum of two adults. See our Obstacles to Abuse for particulars. Dad and mom or guardians could ship development work on behalf of their little one.

 

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