10 1/2 as the youngest for Arrow of Light isn’t true. 10 1/4 around here is, it depends on the school age deadline
The deadline to turn 5 for school is Sep 1 in Kansas. They join Scouts in August of Kindergarten. Remember the program year switches “June 1” with the school year starting over.
Lion: turn 5 a few weeks in
Tiger: turn 6 three months in
Wolf: turn 7 three months in
Bear: turn 8 three months in
Webelos: turn 9 three months in
AoL: turn 10 three months in
So they start their Arrow of of Light at age 9, having completed the 4th grade. They are active all summer and finish badges at camp.
They complete their six months Dec 1 at age 10 1/4 (10 + 3 months). That’s the youngest possible to bridge over in our area. The Missouri side is Aug 1st so it’s 10 and 1/3 is the youngest (10 + 4 months)
On the other end
Lion: turn 6 in August
Tiger: turn 7 in August
Wolf: turn 8 in August
Bear: turn 9 in August
Webelos: turn 10 in August
AoL: turn 11 in August
There’s an interesting loophole. Nothing says you can’t overlap the 3 and 6 months. It’s just since finishing 4th grade or turning 10. You can start counting the 3 months in June and the 6 months at the beginning of August.
That Scout turns 11 before starting 5th grade so they can earn Arrow of Light in February. That’s not the date they can bridge over, though. Keep reading for that
They’re the exact same age as the kid in the first example who turned 10 in the 5th grade and bridged over in February. They actually might be older than a kid in the grade above them at the same point in the year.
That’s why all these cross-grade bridge over questions make sense.
back to the question
With the overlapping Webelos programs this one gets interesting. You can earn Arrow of Light rank badges before finishing the Webelos rank badge.
So in that sense this Scout turns 10 in December 2020. If his birthday is Dec 1 he can bridge over June 1. If it’s Dec 31 he can bridge over June 30. He has to finish his Webelos badge before June since that’s grade based and resets. He can finish his arrow of light the day his six months is up. Every other requirement can be complete.
What you end up with is 5th graders in 2020-21 can join anytime from August of their 5th grade year if they’ve just turned 11, to early December if they are 10 and earn arrow of light super fast all the way through to “June 1” if they finish 5th grade without the arrow of light.
This 4th grader must wait the six months after turning 10.
So he could join a nearly the same time as a 5th grader who doesn’t earn arrow of light.
you can’t necessarily bridge over all the 5th graders at blue and gold, it depends.