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Temporary Extensions for Quartermaster rank and Venturing Summit Award

The Boy Scouts of America has approved two big temporary changes to advancement rules, in response to difficulties arising from the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.

First: effectively immediately through December 31, 2020, local councils have the authority to grant three three-month extensions for Scouts to complete requirements for the ranks of Eagle Scout or Quartermaster, or the Venturing Summit Award. However, these local council extensions may only be granted if COVID-19 disruptions are the reason the Scout needs extra time to complete these requirements.

To be clear, this extension would grant time to complete specific requirements impacted by COVID-19 disruptions – like completing the Eagle service project. Scouts BSA members must already hold the Life Scout rank in order to qualify for this specific extension.

Second: until further notice, BSA will accept electronic or digital signatures for youth applicants and unit approvals on these award applications. This includes printing out the application document, signing it with a pen, scanning/taking a picture, and sending via email or other appropriate communication platform to the next person for signature.


To request an extension that would give a Scout more time to complete Eagle, Quartermaster, or Venturing Summit Award requirements, please:

1) complete the BSA form “Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank”

  • Sea Scouting and Venturing applicants, note the Quartermaster and Summit Award check boxes at the top of the page
  • Scouts BSA members, make sure you enter the board of review date when you earned the Life rank
  • In the field titled, “Please provide a brief summary of circumstances…,” tell us why COVID-19 conditions are preventing you from completing all award requirements before your 18th/21st birthday. Specify which requirements you are not able to complete because of COVID-19.
  • In the boxes below the “Please provide a brief summary of circumstances” field, you must fill in the space for parent’s and unit leader’s name, phone number, and email. Here’s an example of exactly what you need to fill out (and what you don’t).

2) submit the completed form to the Fickett Center by one of the following means:

  • Attaching an electronic copy to an email to [email protected]
  • Dropping off a physical copy addressed to Ms. Smeaton in the brown mailbox on the north side of the Fickett Center parking lot, or
  • Mailing to Capitol Area Council BSA / attn: Eagle Processor, 12500 North IH 35, Austin, Texas, 78753