If a scout has meet all requirements for star rank but has not recharged their cyber chip (has cyber chip for their grade, over a year ago) do they have to recharge the cyber chip before making star rank
For my Scouts, if the day they earn First Class, their Cyber Chip is active, I sign it off for Star. Other Scoutmasters have different ides but the BSA is not clear on when Cyber Chp must be active.
The requirements, and nothing more…the requirements, and nothing less.
The requirements at Scout and Star say “… earn the Cyber Chip award for your grade.”
Since Cyber Chip is done by grade levels, 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, then a Scout who earned it for 6th grade has this requirement met until the end of 8th grade. (See Ed’s comment above for implementation.)
NOTE: Merit badges are different! For example, Digital Technology says, “Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.” Current and up-to-date requires the “recharge” option…
By requiring a “recharge” for rank advancement, you are adding requirements. This is verboten.
From the BSA Guide to Advancement 188.8.131.52 Scouting Ranks and Advancement Age Requirements
All requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle, except for those related to merit badges, must be fulfilled after the successful completion of a board of review for the previous rank.
This seems analogous to the situation where a 5th grade Webelos crosses over to a troop and is working on Scout rank. The BSA has issued guidance for that situation in the BSA 2016 Advancement News: March/April 2016 (page 4).
As Ed said, if the Scout has already earned the Cyber Chip for the Scout’s current school grade and if the Cyber Chip is still valid (not expired), then the Scout just needs to demonstrate knowledge to a leader as designated by the Scoutmaster. If the Cyber Chip has lapsed / expired, then the Scout needs to recharge the Cyber Chip.
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