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COVID and "Advance Den"

Now that we are in the new program year (June 1st), typically, I would go in and Advance all of our Dens. Last year, BSA extended the advancement deadline to July 31. Was anything like that done this year? If it was, I’ll hold off advancing the dens until the end of next month. If not, I’ll advance them now.

Just looking to see if I missed anything.

When is the end of the school year in your area? Has your Pack Committee granted any Scouts extra time?

BSA Guide to Advancement section “Do Your Best”

In the same spirit as “Do Your Best,” if a Cub Scout is close to earning a badge of rank when it is time to transition to a new den, the pack committee, in consultation with the den leader and the Cub Scout’s parent or guardian, may allow a few weeks to complete the badge before going on to the next rank. Earning it will give the youth added incentive to continue in Scouting and carry on and tackle the next rank.

There is also this:


Advancement — Cub Scouts

Q: If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work on advancement through the summer?

Yes. Cub Scouts may continue to work on their current den’s advancement. During this pandemic period, it is at the discretion of the den to decide the best course of action for how long to extend continuation of advancement. We want to ensure that the pandemic does not create an obstacle to youth advancement, that Cub Scouts families continue to have a positive experience, and that the standard for Cub Scout Advancement continues to be “Do Your Best.” We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate when this temporary measure expires and there is a return to the standard rules for Cub Scout advancement.


Thank you. I’ll be checking with the Den Leaders at our Committee Meeting to verify the dens’ status before advancing them.

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