In the 2021 Guide to Advancement, it clearly states “However, Adventures required for the Arrow of Light rank must wait until the Webelos rank has been earned.” This sentence was added to section 184.108.40.206, which otherwise is unchanged from the 2019 Guide to Advancement.
The Webelos handbook I purchased for my scout in 2020 says, “The requirements for Webelos and Arrow of Light may be worked on at the same time, but the tenure requirements must be met and the awards must be completed and presented sequentially.” (page 4)
With respect to required adventures, I think this is a contradiction. During COVID, my scout was “scouting at home” and earned his Webelos rank, but he also worked on a handful of individual requirements for AOL required adventures. Does he have to go back and redo all of those (after earning the Webelos badge)?
Although there may be a clear intent to do Webelos first and then AOL, it would be strange for the handbook authors to go out of their way to explicitly state that “The requirements for Webelos and Arrow of Light may be worked on at the same time” if it weren’t permissible. Does the version of the Webelos handbook being sold now still say this?
What are your thoughts? Thanks!